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Sunny Nash

Author's Bio

“My book, 'Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's,' began in the 1990s when I was writing a column for Hearst and Knight-Ridder newspapers, stories from my childhood in the Jim Crow South with my part-Comanche grandmother, Bigmama, my parents, relatives, friends, and others. Robin Fruble of Southern California said, "Every white person in America should read this book! Sunny Nash writes the story of her childhood without preaching or ranting but she made me realize for the first time just how much skin color changes how one experiences the world. But if your skin color is brown, it matters a great deal to a great number of people. I needed to learn that. Sunny Nash is a great teacher," Fruble said.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's (Texas A&M University Press, 1996), African-American Lifeways in East-Central Texas: The Ned Peterson Farmstead Brazos County, Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 1993)
Anthologies:
Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five (Texas A&M University Press, 2013), Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience (University of Texas Press, 2011), African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2008), African American Women Confront the West: 1600-2000 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), Black women in Texas history (Texas A&M University Press, 2008), African American Foodways: Explorations of History and Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2007), Lynching to Belong (Texas A&M University Press, 2007), Glencoe Literature (McGraw-Hill, 2002), The companion to Southern literature: themes, genres, places, people ... (Louisiana State University Press, 2002), Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, Canada, and Mexico: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 2000), Celebrating the family: ethnicity, consumer culture, and family rituals (Harvard University Press, 2000), Reflections in Black: a photographic study of black photography 1840-present (W. W. Norton & Company, 2000), State Lines (Texas A&M University Press, 2000), The African American West (University of Colorado Press, 2000), A bookmark (Texas A&M University Press, 1999), Following Old Fencelines: Tales from Rural Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 1998), State of mind: Texas literature and culture (Texas A&M University Press, 1998), Stirring Prose (Texas A&M University Press, 1998), Let's Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers (Texas A&M University Press, 1997), New Growth 2 (Corona Press, 1997), Texas women writers: a tradition of their own (Texas A&M University Press, 1997), Language Arts & Disciplines (Harcourt Brace, 1996), Black Texas women: 150 years of trial and triumph (University of Texas Press, 1995), Common Bonds (Southern Methodist University Press, 1990)
Journals:
Southern Exposure, Southern Humanities Review, Southwestern American Literature
Prizes:
California Arts Council Literary Fellowships 2003 & 2010, Charter Communications Television Producer of the Year Award 2004, Association of American University Presses Designation 1997, People’s Choice Songwriting Nomination 1991, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Nomination 1990, Houston Public Library Literary First Prize 1986, J. Frank Dobie Second Prize 1985

Sunny Nash Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Jim Crow's Children by Peter Irons
Favorite Books:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Authors:
David McCullough, Taylor Branch, John Hope Franklin

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: June 7, 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Mixed Race
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
TX
Raised in:
TX

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