Letters to Ms. Em...

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Emlyn Quentin DeGannes affectionately known as "Ms. Em" is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and was raised in Brooklyn. She resides between Wilmington, Delaware and Brooklyn, New York with her daughter Jewel, and son Jordan. 

Emlyn Quentin DeGannes holds The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The City University of the City of New York (Cum Laude honors); and an Applied Arts and Science degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York; lending her talent to  Holly Hunt – NY and Timothy Macdonald Interior Design  Inc. Her involvement in the community has earned her the following recognition:

  • 2005 Certificate of Appreciation Award from The Edgemoor Community Center for “The Crystal Program for Girls.”
  • 2007 The Ujamaa Award-Cooperative Economics from The Spencer Heritage Hallway
  • 2009 The Certificate of Appreciation Award from WHACC Street Stars Convention; You Make the Difference Award from The Chester Educational Foundation.
  • 2010 CAADC Recognition of Participation in The TANF Summer Youth Employment Program.
  • 2011 Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership and Mentoring of Youth in the City of Wilmington; Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth/Wilmington Child Development Community Policing Program.
  • 2011 Certificate of Thanks and Dedication of service to Project Stay Free, Kingswood Community Center.
  • 2011 CHOICES Business Leader of the Year - Wilmington
  • 2011 Legislative Acknowledgement Certificate - Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • 2011 Legacy Award-Unsung S’Hero – Delaware Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Over the course of her seventeen years as a business owner of MeJah Books Inc., which she founded in 1998, she has been a guest speaker at Sankofa Academy Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware; Highland Avenue Charter School in Chester, Pennsylvania; Annual Guest Speaker at Del Castle Technical High School, Bi-Semester Offsite Lecturer for University of Delaware, Education Major Students lecturing on diversity and  the challenges of teaching in the urban schools and the transformative power of literature and writing

Founded Heart to Hood a branch which assist incarcerated fathers in selecting and giving the gift of books to their children, was involved in the Third Annual Saving Our Sisters Conference with Beautiful Gate of Wilmington, Delaware featuring Judge Glenda Hatchett; Stop the Violence Walk/Youth Rally and Pass the Mic Tour with Pastor Derrick Johnson of Joshua Harvest Church, Wilmington.

In 2004, Ms. Em launched ANU Direction Publishing, a small publishing house specializing in the publication of literary works that focus on tales of caution for the modern urban consumer.  Her focus was on incarcerated men and women.  ANU Direction has since published several titles and assisted in numerous published projects.  Letters to Ms. Em, is the first of her personal journey to be penned.


Letters to Ms. Em is the reflections of a young man who is doing life in prison.  In this compelling and real-life story, the young man bares his suffering soul as he reflects on the outcome of “street” experience.  Rainn was able to radically change his perspective on his life while in prison. Writing with extraordinary openness, Rainn shares his experiences with overcoming the desolate feeling that his life was over because he was behind bars; living with chronic depression, the effects and the horror of domestic violence in his youth and his desire to finally break through the bars of his prison cell by using a pen and piece of paper.  Once he started writing, he found that only his body was in prison, his heart, mind and soul – were free!  Artfully blending motivational wisdom, spiritual teaching, poems and heart-wrenching personal stories, Letter to Ms. Em vividly illustrates how you can transform your personal challenges into courageous living.

In addition to her work as a business owner, she works to empower children every day of her life. Her personal experience of overcoming issues gives her a unique perspective of struggle. 

She is a current mentor and the founder of Voices Reign Inc. & Voices of Beautiful Flowers, using quality time, poetry and prose as a coping skill for teenagers at The Wordsworth Treatment Facility in the City of Philadelphia since 2009; the former Program Manager of The Saturday Academy at Project Stayfree in Wilmington, Delaware.  She is an advocate for the children of incarcerated parents ensuring that their challenges stay in the background and education in the forefront.  The owner of MeJah Books, Inc., she founded Behind Bars Book Bank Program; a program that send books to inmates as well as mentor men behind bars via:  letters, telephone and e-mails and   ANU Direction Publishing to assist in publishing the fictional writings of men behind the walls.   She is currently contracted as an Educational Consultant in Chester, Pennsylvania and Exton, Pennsylvania. She is presently working on completing two additional books in addition to working on several projects. Ms. Em continues to consult/mentor aspiring authors.