Lit Fest 2023 Preview: Q&A with Nadia Owusu

Faculty Spotlight: Interview with Nadia Owusu

Editor's Note: In advance of the March 11 deadline to apply for Lit Fest Advanced Workshops, we've asked the 2023 Visiting Authors for a preview of their workshop style, what they're reading, and more.

What's the most surprising source of inspiration for you lately? Recently, I went on a weeklong camping trip in Canyonlands National Park and the landscape inspired me to explore new shapes and patterns in my writing.  

What are you working on these days? I'm working on a novel. It's a story about a mother and daughter, exploring bell hooks' question: How do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to transform?

How would you describe your workshop style? I always start with the writer’s intentions. From there, it’s all about asking questions rather than having answers. And I believe in engaging the body as well as the mind.

Which writer or artist whose work you love should more people know about? Tsitsi Dangarembga. She has a big readership and has received critical acclaim and awards, but I believe she deserves even more. Her work is both beautifully intimate and fiercely political, centering the lives and agency of African women.

Nadia Owusu is teaching Advanced Weeklong Nonfiction Workshop: Writing as Reclamation. Learn more here. Apply via Submittable.