As part of our month-long celebration of Black History Month, acclaimed author Yasmin Angoe visited Academic Magnet Academy on Friday, February 10.
In addition to sharing details of her writing process, Angoe regaled the audience with some of her cross-cultural experiences as a Ghanaian-American adolescent and discussed how those experiences impacted her stories and characters
Angoe is the Anthony-nominated author of the critically acclaimed thrillers Her Name Is Knight and They Come At Knight of the Nena Knight series. She is a first-generation Ghanaian American and, in 2020, was the recipient of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime.
Yasmin’s books were an Amazon Best Book of the Month for Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, and an Editor’s Pick. Her work has received numerous recognitions, was on a billboard in Times Square, Best Of lists, and a Library Journal Starred Review. Her Name Is Knight has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, OprahDaily.com, POPSUGAR, Nerd Daily, the Washington Independent Review of Books, The Guardian, and other platforms.
The Nena Knight series has been optioned for TV series and is currently in development.
Yasmin is a proud member of several prestigious organizations, such as Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers of Color, International Thriller Writers, and the Women’s National Book Association.
Yasmin is an educator, and she and her blended family of six live in South Carolina.
Angoe's visit to Academic Magnet High School was organized by Ms. Monique Collins, CTE Teacher (2022-2023) and English Teacher (2023-2024), who wanted AMHS students to have cultural representation and hear from an acclaimed author, during Black History Month.