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


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A good book- or a good episode of Law & Order, or a good, sad movie. A cold night. Hot tea- maybe a glass of red wine. Someone who is comfortable with both silence and noise. Repeat throughout my life.

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

A. Loyalty, honesty, and kindness.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. For brief moments I wonder what it would be like to be a waitress on a highway restaurant. I would love the cast of characters I might meet on an average day.