November is Storytelling Month here at Weeksville Heritage Center and we are celebrating with a very special installment of Words@Weeksville, our monthly literary series featuring both established and emerging writers from across the diaspora.
This month, we'll be featuring authors Nana Ekua Bew-Hammond, Kem Joy Ukwu, and Camille Acker reading from latest works and those in progress.
NANA EKUA BREW-HAMMOND is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called "a winning debut." Named among 39 of the most promising African writers under 39, her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara. Her work has also appeared in Everyday People: The Color of Life—a Short Story Anthology, African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunday Salon, and the short story collection Woman's Work. Forthcoming from Brew-Hammond in 2019 are a children’s picture book and a short piece in the fiction anthology Accra Noir.
Brew-Hammond was a 2018 Ake Art and Book Festival Guest Author, a 2018 Hobart Festival of Women Writers Guest Author, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, a 2015 Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence, and in both 2015 and 2014 she was shortlisted for a Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. In April 2015, she was the opening speaker at TEDxAccra. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship at Manhattan's Center for Faith and Work.
Also noted for her personal style, Brew-Hammond's fashion sense has been captured by New York Magazine, Essence Magazine, Paper Magazine, and the New York Times, among many other outlets. Recently, she co-founded the made-in-Ghana coat line Exit 14 which was featured on Vogue.com. Currently, Brew-Hammond is at work on a new novel. www.NanaBrewHammond.com
KEM JOY UKWU's fiction has appeared in PANK, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Carve, TINGE, Blue Lake Review, Jabberwock Review, Auburn Avenue, The Brooklyn Quarterly and Day One. Her short story collection manuscript, Locked Gray / Linked Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Brain Mill Press. She led a workshop each as an Institute Scholar in the 2016 and 2018 Writing from the Margins Institute at Bloomfield College. Born and raised in the Bronx, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband. More of her work can be found at kemjoyukwu.com.
CAMILLE ACKER is the author of the short story collection TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NEGRO GIRLS. She holds a BA in English from Howard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her writing has appeared in Hazlitt and VICE, among other outlets. Raised in DC, she currently lives in Philadelphia.