Yaa Gyasi was featured during the 2017 Winter Words series, in conversation with Farah Griffin. Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, was published in 2016 and was called “an inspiration” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It was nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and is a finalist for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Gyasi was recently named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” which recognizes debut fiction writers whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Winter Words welcomes novelist Yaa Gyasi
Aspen Public Radio, Claire Woodcock, February 28, 2017

Aspen Times Weekly: Yaa Gyasi’s Potent Debut Novel
The Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, February 23, 2017