Itoro Bassey, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, and Kim Coleman Foote talk Belonging and Exile.

Thursday, February 22, 2024 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM EST
Fenwick Library, Fenwick Reading Room, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA

Itoro Bassey, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, and Kim Coleman Foote talk Belonging and Exile.


Three writers discuss how displacement, migration, and change connect with their identity. Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is editor of and contributor to Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices, which “punctures the human illusion of separation.” She is joined by contributor Kim Coleman Foote, author of the story “Dirty Money,” and the novel Coleman Hill: A Novel, a kaleidoscopic novel set during the early days of America’s Great Migration that blends real family legend with historical record, and imagination. Itoro Bassey discusses her novel Faith, about a first-generation Nigerian-American woman who resettles in Nigeria. Moderated by Klara Kalu. This event is presented in partnership with the Fall for the Book Minifest.

Other Collaborators include the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS) and the Women and Gender Studies Program(WGST).

Itoro Bassey is a Nigerian-American author and journalist based in Washington, DC. Her award-winning short stories have been published in Prairie Schooner, Catapult, and The Book Smugglers, among others. Her body of work focuses on identity, ancestry and migration. She is the winner of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Awards and won second place in the International Literary Seminars Fiction prize for her story, “How Eno became Enobong”. Her debut novel, Faith, was published in 2022 by Malarkey Books and was on a few ‘notable books from indie presses’ lists. She is a producer and journalist at the BBC, with a special interest in highlighting US-Africa relations.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the editor of RELATIONS: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices. She is also the author of the children’s picture book BLUE: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky, illustrated by Caldecott Honor Artist Daniel Minter. Named among the best books of 2022 by NPR, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, The Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature, and Bank Street College of Education, BLUE was honored with the 2023 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award® recognizing excellence in the writing of non-fiction for children, included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Brew-Hammond also wrote the young adult novel Powder Necklace. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship whose mission is to write light into darkness. 

Kim Coleman Foote was born and raised in New Jersey, where she started writing fiction at the age of seven(ish). A recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she has received additional fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, Bread Loaf, Phillips Exeter Academy, Center for Fiction, and Fulbright, and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, and Hedgebrook, among others. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2022, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, the Missouri Review, The Literary Review, Kweli, and Obsidian. Coleman Hill is her first published book.

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