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National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience

About Anika

Anika Nailah is the founder and former director of Books Of Hope, a Boston-based, youth literacy program that engages young people to write, publish, and sell their own books.

She is a Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Nominee, and her book, Free and Other Stories, was chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review and was selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s 2003 Books For The Teen Age List.

Currently, Anika resides in New England where she is working on two novels—an historical prequel to one of her stories in her first book, and a sci-fi piece. She hopes to release her latest book–an illustrated project about racism in the Fall of 2017. She also provides anti-racism/literacy consulting and writing coaching services.

Inspired by Lisa Gay Hamilton’s film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, Anika’s National Liberation Poetry Tour is a one-woman poetry performance experience traveling across America to women’s prisons, coffee houses, juvenile detention centers, community centers/art spaces, halfway houses, colleges/universities, and bookstores.

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