POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—“The Art of Imagination in Three Voices,” readings of new and recent works by three Vassar alumnae/i authors, will be presented by the Africana Studies Program and the Campus Life Office on Friday, April 30, at the college. Free and open to the public, the readings by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond ’98, Torrey Maldonado ’96, Tanikka Price ’97 will begin at 5:30pm in the Rose Parlor and will be followed by a reception.
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond ’98 will be reading from her first novel, Powder Necklace, to be published by Simon & Schuster in April. Set in London, rural Ghana, and Long Island, NY, Powder Necklace tells the story of young Lila Adjei, the daughter of a working-class Ghanaian immigrant and single mother who, fearful of bad influences in London, sends Lila to boarding school in Ghana. Brew-Hammond has written for AOL, Parenting magazine, The Village Voice, Metro, and Trace magazine. Her short story “Bush Girl” was published in the May 2008 issue of African Writing, and her poem, “The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Bored as an Assistant,” was published in 2006’s Growing Up Girl Anthology. A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, she attended secondary school in Ghana. Powder Necklace is loosely based on the experience.
Torrey Maldonado ’96 will be reading from his first novel, Secret Saturdays, to be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in April. Secret Saturdays looks into the heart and mind of a twelve-year-old boy as he struggles with being male and adolescent, poor and fatherless, in one of New York City’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Maldonado was born and raised in Red Hook projects, Brooklyn. Overcoming poverty and violence, he went on to get a BA in sociology from Vassar College and a Master’s Degree in educational administration from Baruch College. For nearly ten years, he has taught in the New York City public school system. Before that, he trained teachers and administrators to run conflict resolution programs. Secret Saturdays is written with firsthand knowledge of youth, poverty, and fatherlessness.
Tanikka Price ’97, who writes under the name Red Letter, will be reading from Love Letters: A Black Girl Song, Vol. 1. Through abuse, molestation, rape, and unplanned motherhood, Red Letter writes letters to those who have significantly impacted her life, for better or for worse. Through her words, she struggles to find acceptance, forgiveness, and ultimately love. Price is a practicing attorney, adjunct professor, and motivational speaker, as well as a community activist, radio personality, Gospel rapper, and spoken word artist.
Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the Campus Life Office, this program is presented with support from the Black Students Union, Poder Latino, and Council of Black Seniors, and African Students’ Unions.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar Campus are available online.
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