Current Student Daphne Palasi Andreades Receives Support for Novella, 'Brown Girls'

May 7, 2018

Current Writing student Daphne Palasi Andreades has been awarded fellowships and residencies to continue work on her novella, Brown Girls, which she started at Columbia.


Andreades received the 2018 Voices of Color Fiction Fellowship to the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing residency, along with residencies to the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts


"I'm really excited and grateful to receive these different fellowships, and to have the continued time, space, and artistic community to work on my writing," said Andreades.


She added that she is thrilled to have the opportunity to develop Brown Girls, which follows a group of second-generation immigrant girls of color from Queens, NY — where she was born and raised — as well as a short story collection tentatively titled Homeland.


"Both projects explore motifs such as diaspora, ethnicity and race, immigration, and the far-reaching effects of colonialism and imperialism," Andreades said.


In the novella, Andreades experiments with point of view, using the first-person plural "we" perspective as a way "to capture the shared experiences of people in the diaspora who live in the same region," she said. The project also takes on the form of vignettes, which allows further experimentation with unconventional narrative modes outside of linear scenes, and includes lists, monologues and footnotes.


Andreades said authors such as Julie Otsuka, Sandra Cisneros, Maggie Nelson and Jayne Anne Phillips were influences for this particular project, which also plays with language, "blurring the boundaries between prose and poetry."


Andreades graduated from the City University of New York, where she studied English and psychology. Her fiction has won competitions judged by authors Mary Gaitskill, Allegra Goodman and Katherine Vaz.