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Anika Nailah - . Holyoke, MA, US

Anika Nailah Anika Nailah


Social Justice Educator/Author/Performer



Anika Nailah is a Pocasset Wampanoag African American author, poet, educator, and speaker. She is the founder/former director of Books of Hope, a Boston-based, youth program that engages young people to write and sell their own books. A Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Nominee, her book, Free & Other Stories, was chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review and selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s 2003 Books for The Teen Age List. Her work was published in Gumbo: a Celebration of African American Writing, several literary magazines, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She has taught a wide range of learners on a variety of subjects from computer/ELL Literacy at early childhood centers to creative writing with homeless women around a kitchen table at a day shelter to fiction/creative nonfiction at Wheaton College and high school English in New York City. Currently, she is writing two novels—historical and science fiction, and offering social justice, publishing, and literacy consulting.. (For more information about Anika, please visit: ).

Industry Expertise (3)

Performing Arts

Writing and Editing


Areas of Expertise (3)

Literacy and the Arts as Tools of Liberation

Interrupting Racism

Facilitating the Empowerment of Young People

Affiliations (2)

  • Books of Hope
  • National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


0 to 1500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee