Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her first book is ”Aftershocks.” Owusu's lyric essay chapbook, “So Devilish a Fire,” was a winner of the TAR chapbook contest and was published in January 2019. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, LUMINA, Catapult, The Literary Review, Electric Literature, Litro, Columbia Journal and The Rumpus, among other publications.
Owusu grew up in Rome, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kumasi and London. By day, she leads research and racial equity at Living Cities, an economic racial justice organization. She is a graduate of Pace University, Hunter College and the Mountainview MFA program where she won the Robert J. Begiebing Prize for exceptional work and where she now teaches.