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Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:41

Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, a native of Ghana, is an author, editor, freelance journalist, ghostwriter, public speaker, and lecturer. Her memoir, Willow Weep for Me (W.W. Norton & Co.) was hailed by the Washington Post as "A vividly textured flower of a memoir. One of the finest to come along in years." She is the editor of three anthologies: Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women (Hyperion); Shaking the Tree: New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women (W.W. Norton & Co.); and, The Black Body (Seven Stories). In addition to helping other authors line edit and copyedit their manuscripts, she served, for a brief period, as editor of "The Statesman" newspaper in Ghana.

* Ms. Danquah, who earned an Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in nonfiction writing, has published articles in newspapers, journals, and magazines, such as The Washington Post, the Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Allure and Essence. Her essays and poems have been heavily anthologized and used in high school and university textbooks.

* As a ghostwriter and editor, Ms. Danquah has worked with celebrities and other high-profile individuals in the worlds of entertainment, business and politics, writing and editing book proposals as well as full-length books, many of which have been "New York Times" bestsellers. She has lectured at Otis College of Art and Sciences, Antioch College's MFA in Creative Writing program, and at the University of Ghana's School of Communication Studies, as well as their Department of English.

* In addition to this column on African literature, Ms. Danquah writes a weekly column of cultural criticism, "The View From Here," for the Daily Graphic newspaper in Ghana. Currently, she is completing her first novel. She divides her time between Accra, Ghana and wherever her wanderlust and frequent flyer miles take her.



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