Visiting Speaker: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


On November 19, New York Times-Bestselling author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah hosted an intimate conversation with the students of Professor Annie Liontas’ Advanced Fiction class. Adjei-Brenyah’s work has appeared or is forthcoming from a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, the Paris Review, Guernica, and Longreads. His debut book Friday Black was published in 2018 and was awarded the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. The in-class discussion mainly focused on the aforementioned novel. Student Addy Irankunda said of the experience, “I was grateful to participate in some of the discussions in the Advanced Fiction Writing class which were centered around Friday Black. I asked Nana for advice on how to establish an effective writing routine as someone very new to creative fiction writing. It was overall a wonderful experience, and I’m sure many in the university can benefit from events hosted by the English Department.” Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit was a valuable experience for GW’s student of English, and hopefully, his contributions to Professor Liontas’ Advanced Fiction class will serve to inspire students in their college careers and beyond!


Article by Leila Wargotz B.A. English ‘23

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