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A conversation with writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

For today's conversation, Edward Schwarzschild, NYS Writers Institute fellow and director of Creative Writing at UAlbany, interviews writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, a 2013 University at Albany graduate who went on to receive his MFA at Syracuse University, is the author of the New York Times bestselling short story collection, Friday Black, a satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America. Friday Black won the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and bestselling author Roxane Gay called it, “dark and captivating and essential... A call to arms and a condemnation.” He was also selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" Honorees.

Learn more about Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana visited UAlbany in October 2018 as part of the Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series, and Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl interviewed him for a Conversation post in May 2020.



Read "Zimmer Land" a story from Friday Black

We support local and independent booksellers. Friday Black is available to order from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

This conversation is cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of English.

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Albany, NY 12222

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