Cole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara is a writer currently based in Rochester, Minnesota.
Raised in New York City, she was born in the Dominican Republic with Cameroonian, Afro-Costa Rican, and Gujarati parentage. Her writing grapples with issues of migration, diasporas, cities, identity, culture, and both personal and collective myth-making. She is a winner of the Loft Literary Center Mentor Series 2016-2017 in the Fiction genre. In January 2017, Nicole will begin work on a short story collection. The project is made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant awarded to 32 prose writers and ten poets this year. Nicole was previously a 2016 Givens Emerging Writer fellow with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.
Nicole’s first short story Gargoyle was published in Joyland Magazine in the fall of 2016. She currently writes for 507 Magazine and Pollen Midwest. Her nonfiction work appears in the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, the Mixed Race Studies blog, and the Oxford Diasporas Program’s photo essay series. Nicole is co-founder of Project Tribe, a creative collective with artist and curator, Jovan C. Speller. In spring of 2016, Nicole worked with Obibini Pictures, LLC as office production assistant on Akosua Adoma Owusu’s film adaptation of writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story, On Monday of Last Week.
In 2008, Nicole was awarded a Fulbright research grant to create a visual ethnography with African migrants in Madrid, Spain. She received her BA in Anthropology, Sociology & Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College and holds a Master of Science degree in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, England.