Anika Nailah

Cultural liberationist, fiction/non-fiction author, performance poet, and former instructor at Wheaton, Cambridge, and Smith colleges, Anika Nailah is the founder/former director of Books of Hope, a Boston-area program that helps young people write, publish, and sell their own books. A social justice consultant and writing coach, Anika uses the arts to hold healing space to interrupt racism.

Currently she is touring Langston Hughes-inspired Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments, which combines 30 black and white ironic, sometimes humorous illustrations by C. Andrew Williams and her words, depicting everyday microaggressions experienced by African Americans in the USA.

Grantee Information

Year(s) Awarded: 2018