Andrea R Canaan

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Andrea R Canaan
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
EducationTulane University (MSW)
University of San Francisco (MFA)
Known forFeminism, social activism
Notable work

Andrea R Canaan (born 1950) is a Black feminist writer, speaker, community organizer, poet and activist.

Early life and education[edit]

Canaan was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1950. She was raised in a close activist and spiritual community.[1] At twelve years old, Canaan was raped by a Methodist minister where she also faced abuse from a female church camp counselor.[2] Canaan has also intimated that her mother was aware of this abuse and did nothing to help her child.[2] Canaan has referenced this abuse in her work by touching upon themes of religious abuses of power and clergy misconduct.[2]

Canaan holds a M.S.W. from University of Tulane and a M.F.A. in non-fiction from the University of San Francisco.[1]

In 2018, she received a second M.F.A. in fiction from Goddard College in Vermont.[3]

In the 1980s, Canaan served as the Director of Women and Employment which helps place women in non-traditional jobs.


Canaan's creative passion is personal wholeness, the transformation of shame into courage for herself and in the lives of other black women.[2] Her work explores themes of black womanhood, sexual abuse, identity labels, and friendships between black women.[4][5][6]


Book chapters[edit]

  • Canaan, Andrea (1994), "I call up names: facing childhood sexual abuse", in White, Evelyn C. (ed.), The Black women's health book, Seattle: Seal Press, pp. 78–81, ISBN 9781878067401.
  • Canaan, Andrea (1987), "God bless the child", in Pollack, Sandra J.; Vaughn, Jeanne (eds.), Politics of the heart: a lesbian parenting anthology, Ithaca, N.Y.: Firebrand Books, pp. 279–285, ISBN 9780932379351.


  1. ^ a b Moraga, Cherríe; Anzaldúa, Gloria, eds. (2015). This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color. State University of New York Press. pp. 232–238, 268. ISBN 1438454384. OCLC 894128432.
  2. ^ a b c d Crawford, Anna Elaine Brown (2002-01-01). Hope in the Holler: A Womanist Theology. Westminster John Knox Press. pp. 79, 85. ISBN 9780664222543.
  3. ^ "About". Black Magnolias. 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  4. ^ Quashie, Kevin Everod (2004). Black Women, Identity, and Cultural Theory: (un)becoming the Subject. Rutgers University Press. pp. 17–18. ISBN 9780813533674.
  5. ^ Bell, Linda A. (2012). Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist Philosopher. SUNY Press. p. 102. ISBN 9780791486016.
  6. ^ Berger, Michele Tracy; Guidroz, Kathleen (2010-01-01). The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy through Race, Class, and Gender. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 83. ISBN 9780807895566.
  7. ^ Faulkner, Mara (1993). Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen. University of Virginia Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780813914176.

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