Known as the “Babylonian Storyteller in America,” Weam Namou is an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 12 books, a speaker, journalist, and filmmaker. She is also vice president of Detroit Working Writers, a 117-year-old professional writing association, and an ambassador to Arab America. Her book, The Great American Family: A Story of Political Disenchantment, won a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award and three of her memoir book series received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly. Currently, she is working on a feature film.
Namou received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international journals. In 2012, she received an Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award from Erootha, a local arts organization.
She is a certified Reiki Master, Health Facilitator, a Sikkim Guardian, an ordained minister, and a graduate of best-selling author Lynn Andrews’ 4-year course of study and training in the sacred healing art.
- Detroit Working Writers (vice president)
- National Association of Black Journalists (member)
- Arab America (ambassador)
- Pachamama Alliance (facilitator)
- Mesopotamian Art Forum
Born in Baghdad as a Chaldean [Christian Iraqi] I come from a long lineage of Babylonian healers, wordsmiths, and book lovers. I was raised in America, I’ve traveled the world, wrote a dozen books, and was taught the art of living by the most amazing healers in America.
My rich Babylonian heritage, 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.