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Faith Adiele

Oakland, CA

Faith Adiele was born to a Nigerian father and a Nordic-American mother, and the PBS film My Journey Home documents her travels abroad to find her father and siblings, while the e-book, The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems, establishes her tri-cultural POV. 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. Other honors include the Millennium Award from Creative Nonfiction and 16 artists’ residencies, including a UNESCO International Artists Bursary to Civitella Ranieri (Italy); a Creative Nonfiction & Cultural Journalism Fellowship to Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada); Instituto Sacatar (Brazil); and Yaddo Corporation and MacDowell Colony (USA).