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Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

XXXXXXXX XXXXX is the author of Princess Freak (2000, Beyond Baroque Books) a collection of poetry, prose, and performance texts, and a memoir, Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (2008, Aunt Lute Books), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a Saroyan International Writing Prize.

Her recent novel, The Fear of Large and Small Nations was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction. A facilitator of community-based writing workshops for over twenty years, she currently teaches creative writing at New York University and The New School.


This is Nancy’s first Festival as a participating writer and she will be offering the Writing Workshop, “WRITING LYRICS: Image, Emotion, and Justice”.

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Myriam J. A. Chancy

Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Guggenheim Fellow and HBA Chair of the Humanities at Scripps College.  She is the author of What Storm, What  Thunder, a novel on the 2010 Haiti earthquake which has been named a Best Book of Fall by TIME, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, The Chicago Tribune, VULTURE, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, BOSTON.COM, Parade, THRILLIST, LitHub and Harper's Bazaar among others.


What Storm, What  Thunder  is shortlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and was long-listed for the Bocas Lit Prize for 2022. Her past novels include: The Loneliness of Angels, winner of the 2011 Guyana Prize in Literature Caribbean Award, for Best Fiction 2010; The Scorpion’s Claw; and Spirit of Haiti, shortlisted in the Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region of the Commonwealth Prize, 2004.


Myriam has authored several academic books, including, Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women. She served as an editorial advisory board member for PMLA from 2010-12, as a Humanities Advisor for the Fetzer Institute from 2011-13, and as a 2018 advisor for the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.




This is Myriam’s first Festival as a participating writer and she will be offering the Writing Workshop, “VOICE & SETTING.

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