Meet Osayi Endolyn, Associate Editor

Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee.
Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee.

We are excited to welcome Osayi Endolyn, our new associate editor. She will work closely with managing editor Sara Camp Milam on Gravy Quarterly, in addition to editing other SFA projects and communications. Osayi will also take the lead on our digital strategy as we continue to grow.

A native Californian (she grew up all over the state), Osayi has made the South her home since 2005. Her first introduction to the SFA was at the 2013 New South Family Supper in Atlanta. Since becoming a member, she has contributed to Gravy Quarterly and is an alumna of the 2015 SFA Rivendell Writer’s Colony Workshop.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Osayi has settled in the South. Her mother’s family hails from Mississippi and Louisiana. “I’ve become so accustomed to the humidity that now when I go back to LA to visit family, I travel with a mini humidifier.”

While living in Atlanta, Osayi noticed similarities between southern cuisine and the food that her Nigerian father cooked when she was a child. She has nurtured that curiosity in pursuit of her family’s history and the greater influence that West African cuisine has had on American cuisine.

Osayi has written for Atlanta magazine, Eater, and New York magazine’s The Cut, among others. She holds a B.A. in French from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she minored in Afro American studies. She earned an M.F.A in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.

Osayi lives in Gainesville, Florida, but we’ll see her in Oxford often.