About

2019 Whiting Awards winner Nadia Owusu by Beowulf Sheehan


Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner. Her first book,”Aftershocks,” will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2020. “Aftershocks” is a work of literary creative non-fiction about the fault lines of identity, incorporating strands of memoir, cultural and political history, and literary criticism. Her lyric essay chapbook, “So Devilish a Fire,” was a winner of the TAR chapbook contest and was published in January 2019. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, LUMINA, Catapult, The Literary Review, Electric Literature, Bennington Review, Columbia Journal, and The Rumpus, among other publications. She is the winner of a 2019 Whiting Award. Other honors include second place in the 2017 LUMINA non-fiction contest and an honorable mention for the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize. Nadia grew up in Rome, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kumasi, and London. By day, she leads research and racial equity at Living Cities, an economic racial justice organization. She is a graduate of Pace University (BA), Hunter College (MS), and the Mountainview MFA program where she won the Robert J. Begeibing Prize for exceptional work and where she now teaches. Her writing is represented by Meredith Kaffel Simonoff of DeFiore & Company.