Biography of Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi is a young Ghanaian-American author. Her first novel, Homegoing, follows the history of Africans in Ghana and African-Americans in the United States from the 19th through 21st centuries. The book received an extremely positive reception from both critics and the public and received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 2017.

Gyasi was born in Mampong, Ghana, but her family moved to the United States when she was an infant. Her father is a professor and her mother a nurse, so her family moved from Illinois to Tennessee and finally settled in Alabama for the majority of Gyasi's childhood. Gyasi enjoyed reading and writing from a young age. She attended Stanford University as a undergraduate, completing a BA in English, and then received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Gyasi currently lives in Berkeley, California.


Study Guides on Works by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing is the first novel by Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi. Following the descendants of an Asante woman named Maame, the novel paints a complex picture of the intertwined histories of Ghana and the United States from the 1700's to present...