“Perhaps it is the feeling of one’s place on the earth that being surrounded by water can invoke. There is nowhere that brought that feeling to the fore for me quite like Nantucket, where I had the pleasure of interacting with some of the most reflective people I’ve ever met. I was most inspired by the students I encountered – wise thinkers beyond their years - who with their energy and insight reminded me that the world is still worth fighting for.” Morowa Yejidé, 2016 NBF Visiting Author
Morowa Yejidé, a native of Washington, DC, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Time of the Locust, which was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, long-listed for the 2015 PEN/Bingham Prize, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award nominee. She lives in the DC area with her husband and three sons. Creatures of Passage is her second novel.
Yejidé is also a literature-in-schools advocate. As a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools and Hurston/Wright Foundation Workshop author, Morowa lectures students in D.C. area high schools, American University, Georgetown University, and Howard University about the magic of reading and crafting their own literary fingerprint.
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