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

Video

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If we do not speak, who will?

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. A long list of women who have struggled with issues of race, sex, class; Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Nanny of the Maroons, Virginia Woolfe, Nina Simone...the list is endless.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I can be inflexible if I think I am right- which may be too often.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To see into hearts.

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

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

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