Toronto-born of Jamaican parents, Nadia L. Hohn is an artist who self-expresses and works primarily in three genres-- writing, art, and music. These genres intersect throughout her work.
Nadia Hohn's first two non-fiction books Music and Media Studies were published as part of the Sankofa series by Rubicon Publishing in 2015. The series won the Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Multicultural Non-fiction in 2014. Nadia's first picture book Malaika's Costume was published by Groundwood Books in 2016. Nadia won the Helen Issobel Sissons Children's Book Award for the manuscript of "Malaika's Costume" in 2014. The sequel for Malaika's Costume (working title: Malaika's Smile) will be published in fall 2017. A French translation of Malaika's Costume will be published in spring 2017. She is currently editing her middle grade novel manuscript and researching biographies.
Nadia is passionate about diversity in the children's book industry. She wrote a feature opinion article called "Who Will Write Our Stories?" which was published in the Canadian Children's Book News in Fall 2014. She had a poem about Black Canadian films which was published in T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto's Black Storytellers in 2005. In January 2014, Nadia organized the first meeting of African-Canadian Writers for Children and Young Adults (ACWCYA), a collective that she set up to "talk, chat, vent, interact, share ideas/resources/pieces we're working on, give feedback, network with other writers who write in this very specific space, support, and inspire each other." The ACWCYA facebook page boasts 40+ members from all across Canada and the United States.
In the past, Nadia has written and maintains blogs (My Big Fat Jamaican Wedding and Blue Butterfly about her healing journey from thyroid cancer and veganism) as well as freelance for a variety of local newspapers and magazines. In 1998, she completed an internship at Psychology Today magazine in New York City where she researched and wrote articles.
Nadia Hohn is an aspiring children's book illustrator. She loves particularly drawing people especially children and working in pencil, coloured pencil, marker, and paint. Nadia continues to develop her illustration portfolio with the dream of illustrating her own children's picture book. Nadia Hohn continues to showcase her work in local art shows as well as portfolio showcases. She has also illustrated for a few clients. From 2000-2003, Nadia founded and organized ICED IN BLACK: Canadian Black Experiences on Film, the first nationally-touring Black film festival in Canada in which she showcased films, filmmakers, and discussion panels in nine cities in six provinces across Canada.
Music and Music Education
Nadia Hohn has studied piano from a young age as well as saxophone and clarinet. She is completing her diploma in Early Childhood Music Education (ECME) through the Royal Conservatory of Music and Ryerson University. She has taken teacher training courses in early childhood music, Kodaly, and Orff. She has delivered workshops on African-Caribbean songs and poetry for young students at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), and Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA). In 2014, Nadia traveled to Ghana to study a two-week Master Class called Orff Afrique through the San Francisco Orff School. Nadia Hohn has been a member of the Heritage Singers, a 37-year old Caribbean folk choir based in Toronto. Over the years, she has also performed with local reggae bands and jazz ensembles through Humber College.
Nadia L. Hohn completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Honour's Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She complete Bachelor and Master of Education degrees at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Nadia has completed courses in writing for children, non-fiction for children, and illustration at George Brown College. She is a member and attends regular events of the Canadian Society for Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) and Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She teaches French, music, and the arts at the Africentric Alternative School where she has been an inaugural staff member since its opening in 2009. She has taught in Toronto public schools since 2003. Nadia was one of "50 Plus 1 Black Canadians Who Are On the Rise in 2015".