LESLEY-ANN BROWN, AUTHOR
Growing up in both Brooklyn & Trinidad 🇹🇹, and now living in Copenhagen, Denmark, she bears witness to many narratives: From playing tag on the pavements of Ocean Avenue to chipping around the Savannah for a Trini Carnival; from biking in the quaint city streets of Copenhagen with my then baby in the seat behind me to documenting nihilistic young Europeans as they party in Berlin’s largest nightclub. She has experienced the world and her people and can confidently take you on a literary journey through today’s global society, from Copenhagen to London, from New York to Mexico and more.
Her work has appeared in anthologies in the U.S., Denmark and the U.K. You can find her in Expat: Women’s Tales of Life Abroad (Seale Press, USA) and In Defense of Mumia (Writers & Readers, NYC) I have also contributed to The Murmur, a Copenhagen-based English language newspaper and was a contributor to NBCBLK.
In Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son (Repeater Books), she explores, through the lens of motherhood, issues such as migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, forced migrations, imprisonment and genocide for Black and Indigenous people.
Having moved to Copenhagen, Denmark from Brooklyn twenty years ago, she attempts to contextualize her and her son’s existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world in where the very machine of so-called progress has been premised upon the demise of my lineage. Through these letters, she writes the past into the present – from the country that has been declared “The Happiest Place in the World” – creating a vision that is a necessary alternative to the dystopian one currently being bought and sold.”