Born in Baghdad to an ancient lineage called the Chaldeans (Neo-Babylonians who still speak Aramaic), Weam Namou is the Executive Director of the Chaldean Cultural Center. She’s an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 13 books, an international award-winning filmmaker, journalist, poet, and an Ambassador for the Authors Guild of America [Detroit Chapter], the nation’s oldest and largest writing organization. She hosts a half-hour weekly TV show, and she’s the founder of The Path of Consciousness, a spiritual and writing community, and Unique Voices in Films, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Namou’s book, The Great American Family: A Story of Political Disenchantment, won an Eric Hoffer Book Award and her feature documentary with the same title, which she wrote, produced, and directed, earned several international film awards including IndieFEST and ImpactDocs. Her feature script “Pomegranate” was selected quarter-finalist by Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope and her essays, articles, and poetry have been published by national and international publications including World Literature Today, Acumen [England], and the Transnational [Germany]. A keynote speaker, Namou has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions. In 2012, Erootha, a local arts organization, honored her with an Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award.
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, Namou traveled the world as she studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague through the University of New Orleans, and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She learned of ancient philosophies from Indian and Native American teachers, and most recently, from internationally bestselling author and mystic Lynn V. Andrews. A graduate of Andrews’ four-year course of study and training in the sacred healing art, Namou wrote about her experience in a four-part memoir series called Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School, which received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly. Studying the Sacred Feminine led her to write her latest book Mesopotamian Goddesses: Unveiling Your Feminine Power where she researched the stories of the ancient female deities of her birth land of Mesopotamia.
- Unique Voices in Films (President)
- Authors Guild of America (Ambassador)
- Detroit Working Writers (vice president)
- Metro Detroit Book and Author Society (Board Member)
Born in Baghdad as a Chaldean, I come from a long lineage of Babylonian healers, wordsmiths, and book lovers. I was raised in America, I’ve traveled the world, wrote over a dozen books, and was taught the art of living by the most amazing healers in America.
My rich Babylonian heritage which dates back thousands of years, my educational background, my teachings with spiritual masters, and my travels around the world have helped me make connections with people from different walks of life. I gained valuable knowledge and a sense of culture from each place, adopting the good and leaving the not so good as I formulated the life I desired as a wife, mother of two, an author, filmmaker, and speaker.
The most important thing that I learned is that we help write the story of our lives through our thoughts, words, and actions.