I haven't been writing here as much because I post most of my goings-on on the Powder Necklace Facebook page, but wanted to share some exciting updates with those of you that aren't into the flurry of Facebook notices.
First off, thank you so much for all of your support throughout my journey as a published author. Your recommendations of Powder Necklace, as well as your presence at my readings and talks are fuel. It also keeps the momentum going.
Here's what I've been up to - and what I'm getting up to - this summer.
1. STUDENTS WILL BE READING POWDER NECKLACE AS PART OF THEIR SCHOOL'S COMMON CORE REMIXED CURRICULUM!
2. MY SECOND NOVEL IS DONE & BEING SHOPPED TO PUBLISHERS
After my beloved first agent decided to pursue a new field, it took me almost two years to find a new one. My new agent really helped me tighten the manuscript for my second novel, and I'm excited to report that she is shopping it around to publishers. I can't wait to announce its publishing home!
3. I GOT INTO THE RHODE ISLAND WRITERS COLONY!
Nana Brew-Hammond: 2015 RIWC Writer-in-Residence from The Clever Agency on Vimeo.
Over the last two years, I've been focused on applying for writers residencies and fellowships that would offer me financial and/or professional resources to write, or simply unfettered time. So far, I've been shortlisted for Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, wait-listed for the Edward Albee Foundation Residency, and I got into the Rhode Island Writers Colony! For two weeks in June, I joined six other writers in a home in Warren, Rhode Island. We spent our days writing, shared new work in two informal readings, and read our work at a formal public reading at the Coffee Depot cafe. We also got to meet the Pulitzer Prize Winning Poets Tracy K. Smith and Gregory Pardlo. We'll be reuniting for another reading August 1, 2015 4-6pm at Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn at 334 Grand Avenue. Come through!
Professionally and personally, my TEDxAccra goes down as one of the coolest experiences I've had to date. I have watched several TED Talks and been inspired by many of TED Speakers, so even getting the opportunity to speak was huge for me. I prepared fastidiously, and on the day of, it was an out-of-body experience to be on the stage, the monitor reflecting my image with the TED sign behind me. I could see my parents in the audience, my mother's face frozen in a Joker smile of pride, my father listening with squinted-eye intensity. Afterward, people came up to me and engaged me further on my topic. It was an unforgettable day. I'll send the link around once my Talk goes live.
5. I'M CO-PRODUCING A FREE CONVERSATION WITH AFRICAN TECH ENTREPRENEURS CALLED AFRICA 2050 - AUGUST 13th, 6:30P
Africa is currently home to six of the world's fastest growing economies, and is projected to account for 40% of the world's youth population by the year 2050. While "Africa Rising" has become the economists' buzz phrase for this immense growth opportunity, Africa 2050 aims to separate the hype from the hard facts, and put flesh and bones on the numbers. Featuring entrepreneurs and investors either based in Africa or with on-the-ground experience, Africa 2050 will offer attendees an inspirational overview of the continent's tech space via interactive discussions with those intimately familiar with the sector's challenges and triumphs.
RSVP HERE: https://africa2050.
6. I'M CO-PRODUCING A 1-DAY WRITERS RETREAT AT REDEEMER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH'S CENTER FOR FAITH AND WORK - SEPTEMBER 19, 2015, 9:30A-5:30P
7. I'M SHARING #LESSONSLEARNED ALONGSIDE A PANEL OF PUBLISHED WRITERS AT THE 2015 BINDERCON CONFERENCE - NOVEMBER 7, 2015, 2:15P