JJ Amaworo Wilson is a German-born Anglo-American-Nigerian novelist and non-fiction writer. He grew up in the UK and has lived in ten countries.
His novel Damnificados won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, the Independent Publishers Book Award, the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, and the Prix Révélation de Traduction (French edition), and was on Oprah’s Top 10 Books to Read Now list. The novel has been translated into several languages.
Amaworo Wilson also writes books about language and language learning. For two of these books he was honored at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and 2011.
He is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University. He also teaches on Stonecoast’s MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine, and is the co-chair of Southwest Word Fiesta. Amaworo Wilson lives in Silver City, New Mexico, USA.
Receiving an award for Speakout in Buckingham Palace, 2011. Co-authors: Antonia Clare, Frances Eales, and Steve Oakes.
RECENT AWARDS, HONORS, RECOGNITION
2019 Les Dévastés, the French edition of Damnificados, translated by Camille Nivelle, won the Prix Révélation de Traduction from Société des Gens de Lettres.
2017 Damnificados won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.
2017 Damnificados won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction.
2017 Damnificados was named a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Literary Fiction and nominated for an American Book Award.
2016 Damnificados won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Fiction; was named on a Top Ten Picks list in ‘O’, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine; and was named no. 1 on Bookriot’s ‘Books to Read in January’ list.
2016 Named an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta.
2014 Named a member of the Academy of American Poets.
2013 Named a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar.
2012 Speakout was shortlisted for the British Council Innovation in ELT Award.
2011 Speakout won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union Award for Best Book.
2010 Appointed writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA.
2008 How to Teach Listening won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union Award Best Book for Teachers.
2008 How to Teach Listening was shortlisted for the Ben Warren Prize.
Society of Authors
Academy of American Poets
Delta Mu Delta
Southwest Festival of the Written Word (Chair)
Liepman Literary Agency