Nadia L Hohn
Toronto-born of Jamaican parents, Nadia L. Hohn is an artist who self-expresses and works primarily in three genres-- writing, art, and music. These genres intersect throughout her work. But seeing how this is the Writers Union of Canada website, we're going to focus on my writing.
Nadia Hohn's first two non-fiction books Music and Media Studies will be published as part of the Sankofa series by Rubicon Publishing in 2015. The series won the Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Multicultural Non-fiction in 2014. Nadia's first picture book Malaika's Costume will be published by Groundwood Books in 2016. Nadia won the Helen Issobel Sissons Children's Book Award for the manuscript of "Malaika's Costume" in 2014. The sequel to this book, Malaika's Smile, will be in stores in Fall 2017.
In the past, Nadia has written and maintains blogs (My Big Fat Jamaican Wedding and Blue Butterfly about her healing journey from thyroid cancer and veganism) and has written freelance for a variety of local newspapers and magazines. In 1998, she completed an internship at Psychology Today magazine in New York City where she researched and wrote articles.
In 2015, she was awarded the Bram and Bluma Appel scholarship as a student in the Humber College Correspondence Writing Program which she studied with mentor author Richard Scrimger. Nadia completed a middle grade novel draft.
Nadia is passionate about diversity in the children's book industry. Recently, she wrote a feature opinion article called "Who Will Write Our Stories?" which was published in the Canadian Children's Book News in Fall 2014. She had a poem published in "T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto's Black Storytellers" in 2005. In January 2014, Nadia organized the first meeting of African-Canadian Writers for Children and Young Adults (ACWCYA), a collective that she set up to "talk, chat, vent, interact, share ideas/resources/pieces we're working on, give feedback, network with other writers who write in this very specific space, support, and inspire each other." The ACWCYA facebook page boasts 60+ members from all across Canada and the United States.
Nadia L. Hohn completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Honour's Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She complete Bachelor and Master of Education degrees at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Nadia has completed courses in writing for children, non-fiction for children, and illustration at George Brown College. She is a member and attends regular events of the Canadian Society for Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) and Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She teaches kindergarten, French, music, and the arts at the Africentric Alternative School where she has been an inaugural staff member since its opening in 2009. She has taught in Toronto public schools since 2003. Nadia was one of "50 Plus 1 Black Canadians Who Are On the Rise in 2015".