Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, photo by Alex M. Philip
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, photo by Alex M. Philip

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times bestselling author of the short story collection Friday Black. The book won the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize.

His debut novel, Chain Gang All-Stars, was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, was longlisted for the the Center for Fiction’s 2023 First Novel Prize, and was selected as a New York Times 10 best books of 2023.

Adjei-Brenyah was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, Guernica, Longreads, and the Paris Review. He graduated from SUNY Albany and received his MFA degree from Syracuse University. He lives in the Bronx.


selected bibliography

Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Chain Gang All-Stars (2023)
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Friday Black (2018)

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online resources

Video:  Adjei-Brenyah on Late Night with Seth Meyers