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.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If we do not speak, who will?

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter...

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, honesty, and kindness.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

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

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. At home, with a little person who calls me mummy.

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