Tope Folarin

Tope Folarin won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing for his story "Miracle." In 2014, he was named to Africa39's list of most promising African writers under forty. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in Washington, DC.

Educators interested in teaching Folarin's stories can contact wins@penfaulkner.org to receive PDF versions of select stories.

Books and Lesson Plans

  • “The Summer of Ice Cream” and “Miracle”

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    Tope Folarin's short story "Miracle" takes as its subject a religious service featuring miracles performed upon churchgoers, set in a Northern Texas Pentecostal church. The narrator of “Miracle,” an asthmatic and bespectacled teenage boy, is at such a performance of miracles, and he witnesses the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet. Winner of the 2013 Caine Prize, Folarin's "Miracle" has been hailed as "utterly compelling."

    Folarin's short story "The Summer of Ice Cream" was published in the Virginia Quarterly Review's "Big Breaks" issue in the fall of 2014. The story is told from the perspective of a first-generation Nigerian American teenager, who watches his father struggle to find stable employment. The story centers on a summer the father opens an icecream truck -- but what's beautifully at play in the story is the immigrant experience, told by a coming-of-age narrator. 

    Appropriate for grades 9 and up.

    Lesson plans focused on symbolism, the immigrant experience, and character development.

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