Deonna started Tuesday, August 22, in time to get her feet wet before the floodgates of Fall Conference registration open next week.
“Deonna brings not only a wealth of writerly experience to our staff, but a new perspective, and new ideas on how best to serve our members and honor North Carolina’s literary tradition,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said.
In addition to her work for the Network, Deonna is a writer, storyteller, and an award-winning journalist. She is the author of Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination With Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits. Her work is included in The New York Times-featured anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, as well as Faithfully Feminist: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay. She writes features for Yes! Weekly, an independent newspaper in Greensboro.
Her podcast work received multiple awards at the 2016 North Carolina Press Association, and top honors at the 2017 Association of Alternative Newsmedia gathering in Washington, D.C. Deonna has enjoyed Wildacres and Weymouth writing residencies. She is currently working on a memoir about faith, love, and ghosts. You can learn more about Deonna at her website, www.dksayed.com.
“I hope all our members are as excited to work with her as her new co-workers are,” Southern said.