Afabwaje Kurian was born in Nigeria but spent most of her youth in Maryland and Ohio. She holds a master’s degree in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing a writing career, she worked on a variety of public health issues, including self-esteem and body image in Black and Latina adolescents and studying coping skills and masculinity in African-American prostate cancer survivors. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently at work on her first novel. Her stories, which have been published in Callaloo, The Bare Life Review, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere, explore themes of identity formation, colorism, and diversity within the African Diaspora.