Freda Epum
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Freda Epum is a Nigerian American writer and artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Input/Output and Entryways into memories that might assemble me, which won the Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Competition. She is the cocreator of the Black American Tree Project, an interactive workshop about the legacies of slavery in American society. Epum’s work has been published in The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Entropy, Bending Genres, and others. She received her MFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her work has been supported by Lambda Literary, the Tin House Workshop, VONA, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center at Tower View, and the Jordan-Goodman Prize. Originally from Tucson, she now lives in Cincinnati.


"The Gloomy Girl Variety Show is a one-of a kind, thought-provoking tour of contemporary American life. Knitting vignettes to poetry and photography, this memoir urges us to reconsider how we think and talk about mental health, pop culture, and Black women’s lives. Whether chronicling 'How to Be a Terrible No-Good African Daughter' or testifying on 'Why (I Choose to Remember),' Freda Epum writes with tenderness and great wit. She is a vibrant, new voice for our times."—Daisy Hernández, author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed and The Kissing Bug, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Award

"Reckoning with identity, illness, and in-betweenness, Freda Epum’s voice comes through these pages like a flame: crackling with insight, wryly humorous even as it sears, and impossible to look away from. This hybrid marvel of a book is not just a variety show but a magic show--you will be transformed."—Erica Berry, author of Wolfish

    Feminist Press, 2024