Past Writer-in-Residence: Nadia L. Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn outside Historic Joy Kogawa House in August 2019

To find out more about Nadia L. Hohn, visit http://www.nadialhohn.com.

Nadia L. Hohn is a dynamic “story lady” who has presented to audiences in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Trinidad. 

From the age of six years old, she began writing stories, drawing, and making books. Her first two books, Music and Media in the Sankofa Series were published by Rubicon Publishing in 2015. Her award-winning first picture book, Malaika’s Costume was published in 2016, Malaika’s Winter Carnival 2017 by Groundwood Books, and Malaika’s Surprise in 2021. Nadia is also the author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, an early reader published by Harper Collins published in December 2018.  A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice, a nonfiction picture book about the performer, playwright, author, and Jamaican cultural ambassador was published in August 2019 (Owlkids). 

Nadia was one of CBC’s 6 Black Canadian Writers to Watch in 2018 and the first SCBWI Canada East Rising Kite Diversity Scholarship recipient in 2018. Nadia was touring in Alberta as a presenter in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week in 2019.  In summer 2019, Nadia was writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in July and August 2019. 

Nadia L. Hohn studied writing at the Highlights Foundation, Humber College School of Writers, George Brown College, and the Voices of our Nation (VONA).  She holds an honours arts degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). An elementary school teacher, she has taught early years music in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

Nadia is currently working on young adult novels, a play, the next Malaika … book, and others. She lives in Toronto.

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I hope you will join us at the Historic Joy Kogawa House at our upcoming program on Thursday, July 25, 7:30 to 9:00pm, when I host a panel discussion on diversity in children's lit with panelists Raymond Nakamura, Mahtab Narsimhan, and Robin Stevenson. Tickets are $5 on Eventbrite. Presented in partnership with Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada West.
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