Emlyn Quentin DeGannes is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. 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 with 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, Timothy Macdonald Interior Design Inc and John Boone, Inc.
Her involvement in the community has earned her The Certificate of Appreciation Award from WHACC Street Stars Convention; You Make The Difference Award from The Chester Educational Foundation; The Ujamaa Award-Cooperative Economics from The Spencer Heritage Hallway; Certificate of Appreciation Award from The Edgemoor Community Center for “The Crystal Program for Girls”; CHOICES 2011 Business Leader of the Year; 2011 Legislative Acknowledgement Certificates received from both the State of Delaware and Pennsylvania and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Delaware Chapter - 2011 Unsung S’Hero Award. Over the course of her twelve 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.
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 seven titles. Letters to Ms. Em, is the first of her personal journey to be penned.
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 struggling. She is a current mentor and the founder of VoIceS Reign, Inc.- Voices of Seeds and Beautiful Flowers using quality time, poetry and prose as a coping skill at The Wordsworth Treatment Facility in the City of Philadelphia, and she is the Program Manager of The Saturday Academy at Project Stayfree in Wilmington, Delaware. She is an advocate for the children of incarcerated parents. Twelve years ago she founded Behind Bars Book Bank; which send books to inmates as well as mentoring men behind bars via: letters, telephone and e-mails. She is currently working on several projects as well as consulting/mentoring aspiring authors.