Ngwah-Mbo Nkweti has been appointed the Fall 2016 Writer's House Resident at Hub City.
Ngwah-Mbo Nkweti will join Hub City as Writer-In-Residence this Fall. A Cameroonian-American writer and English professor, her residency will run from September until December.
Nkweti recently completed Like Walking on Cowry Shells – a linked short-story collection focused on the lives of hyphenated-Americans who share her multi-cultural heritage in the United States and Africa. The book features complex, fully-embodied characters in stories she hopes will entertain readers while also offering them a counterpoint to prevalent “heart of darkness” writing that too often depicts a singular “African” experience.
Nkweti is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Kimbilio, and Clarion West as well as a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop – where selections from her debut collection were awarded a Plughaupt Prize for Excellence in Fiction.
“I am honored to be the 2016 fall Writer-in- Residence at Hub City. It is such a gift to be given a room of one’s own, an entire home no less, to realize your writing dreams. Even more than the brick-and-mortar space to create, Hub City and Spartanburg provide a community actively engaged with the written word in ways that hearten me. I look forward to readings, long chats with patrons at the bookshop, and sunny days spent strolling through Barnet Park or sipping on the Cameroonian Boyo Belo light roast on offer at Little River Roasting Co. I invite anyone who loves literature to come on by.”