Buki Papillon was born in Nigeria, the oldest of six children, and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. After studying law at university, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is an alumnus of the Vona Voices Workshops for writers of color. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards and her work has been published in Post Road Magazine and the Del Sol Review.
Her first book, An Ordinary Wonder, is set to be published by Dialogue Books in April 2020.
She is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens.