Hurston/Wright Foundation | Nicole Bailey-Williams
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Nicole Bailey-Williams

Nicole Bailey Williams


A Little Piece Of Sky

Nicole Bailey-Williams


Nicole Bailey-Williams is an educator, author, and on-air radio personality. Born in Philadelphia and raised in neighboring Montgomery County, Bailey-Williams is a 1993 graduate of Hampton University, where she majored in English, and Temple University, from which she received her Master’s degree in Education in 1995. In 1998, she formulated the idea for “The Literary Review,” a monthly book review show that airs on WDAS-1480 AM. Two years later, she released her self-published debut novel, A Little Piece of Sky, which was acquired by Random House and published on the inaugural line of a new imprint called Harlem Moon. Re-released in October of 2002, the book was a finalist for the prestigious Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, which is awarded by the Hurston-Wright Foundation. Her second novel, Floating, was released on May 11th, 2004. In addition to writing fiction, Mrs. Bailey-Williams has written profiles featured in Notable Black American Men (Gale), and she was commissioned to write a biography of Pennsylvania’s first black Secretary of Labor. Her work has also appeared in Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, Brown Sugar 2: Great One Night Stands, and Proverbs for the People as well as periodicals like Black Issues Book Review and Publishers Weekly. Mrs. Bailey-WIlliams resides near Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She’s currently at work on her third novel.

Literature and Fiction,