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Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

Young Professionals Panel

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is a published author, style and culture reporter, and Webby Award-winning copywriter.


Publishers Weekly called her novel Powder Necklace “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 July 2010, Powder Necklace—inspired by Brew-Hammond’s secondary school experience in Ghana—pierced Amazon’s Top 100. In 2012, she received a BID International Fellowship to create and exchange with writers in Salvador da Bahia. 


Her fiction has appeared in African Writing, Sunday Salon, and This Woman’s Work. Her poem featured in the anthology Growing Up Girl.

As a journalist, Brew-Hammond has shared commentary on MSNBC; and written for publications including EBONY Magazine, The Village Voice, and NBC's The Grio.  As a copywriter, she has worked for Nike, Victoria’s Secret, and L’Oréal. She won a Webby for helping pen Avaya’s 2007 “Snapshots” Campaign. In 2011, JWT honored her with a Differenter Award.


From 2005 to 2008, she was a mentor with Girls Write Now, an organization twice recognized by the White House that pairs professional women writers with New York City high school students. Most recently, she founded the blog People Who Write.

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