In Mandingo/Mandinka culture, the griot is a storyteller, an orator that passes on the traditions and tales of the people, ensuring their stories live on after them by passing them down. Sang Kromah comes from a long line of griots and if she’s being honest, she was telling stories before she could read or write them, modernizing West African tales to reflect her first-generation American story.
She was born in Philadelphia to Liberian immigrants of diverse backgrounds. She grew up in Maryland, writing stories any chance she got. She learned from her parents at an early age that every person, every place, and everything has a story, and She’s spent her career trying to find the best way to tell those stories.
After receiving my Master’s degree in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology, she relocated to Liberia in hopes of doing her part to rebuild post-war Liberia. While there, she used her Public Relations and MarComm experience to work with a nonprofit organization that gave her the opportunity to collaborate with UN Women to create a Sexual & Gender-based Violence campaign, translated and transcribed the Liberian portion of the “Half the Sky” documentary, planned the 2013 Liberia Marathon, and so much more. While there, she also started a female-run digital media platform, Project GirlSpire.
Sang currently resides in Sykesville, MD (where Djinn takes place) as she completes her follow-up to Djinn, an urban fantasy novel with her brother (Moh Kromah), and scripts for drama and children’s television.
Fun Fact: Djinn won the Silver Award of the 2021 Global Book Awards in the Young Adult Fantasy category. Djinn was also featured in Publishers Weekly Best First Lines.