Next Letter in the Mail: Nadia Owusu


Our next Letter in the Mail is from award-winning writer Nadia Owusu! Nadia writes to us about distance, time, waiting to arrive at unknown destinations, and finding connections to each other even when we must be apart.

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Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner. She is the author of So Devilish a Fire (2018) and Aftershocks: A Memoir (2021). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review Daily, the Literary Review, Catapult, and other publications. Nadia grew up in Rome, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kumasi, and London. She is an associate director at Living Cities, an economic racial justice organization. She was the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award.


Photograph of Nadia Owusu by Beowulf Sheehan.