Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.

Books by this Author

The Other Side of Paradise

Videos

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If we do not speak, who will?

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Too many to list. Alice Walker. Dorothy Allison. Frances Goldin. Bell Hooks.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I am forgiving- and quick to apologize.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would ask Harriet Tubman how she managed to keep going- no matter the black-out spells, the dogs they sent, the unwilling and frightened slaves- she kept going. I would want to know how she stayed on course.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Playing scrabble. I can do that for hours.

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