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Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele was born in rural America to a Nigerian father and Nordic-American mother. The PBS film My Journey Home documents her travel to Nigeria to find her father and siblings. She holds a BA in Southeast Asian Studies from Harvard University, an MA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, and MFAs in Fiction and Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. Her memoir about becoming the first black Buddhist nun of Thailand, Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), received the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir.

Adiele’s writings on spirituality, travel, and culture have been widely anthologized, and she is co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press). Named as one of Marie Claire magazine’s “5 Women to Learn From,” Faith has been the keynote or featured speaker at universities, churches, and community centers around the world.

Her honors include the Millennium Award from Creative Nonfiction, and 15 residencies in 5 countries, including a UNESCO International Artists Bursary to Italy, the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), the Yaddo Corporation (United States), and the MacDowell Colony (United States). A contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Yes!, Essence, and Transition, Adiele is Associate Professor in Creative Nonfiction at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area, where she is completing Twins, an epic memoir about her heritage that will complete the story begun in the PBS film.

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