Publishers Weekly hailed Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond's novel Powder Necklace (Washington Square Press) “a winning debut” while Library Journal recommended it “for readers who enjoyed Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus”. In 2014, she was named among 39 of the most promising African writers under 39 and selected for inclusion in Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (Bloomsbury), the anthology published in celebration of UNESCO’s designation of Port Harcourt, Nigeria 2014 World Book Capital. In the same year she was shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. In 2012, she visited Brazil as a BID Fellow where she engaged with writers and educators in Salvador da Bahia.
Brew-Hammond’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, African Writing, Ebonymagazine, and the Village Voice, as well as the anthologies Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces (Girlchild Press 2006) and Woman’s Work: Short Stories (Girlchild Press 2010), and she has been a featured guest on MSNBC, NY1, SaharaTV, Voice of America, and ARISE TV. A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, Brew-Hammond currently lives in New York City where she is at work on her third novel.