Telling Histories




Nyssa Chow

 multimedia storyteller | writer | oral historian  


Nyssa Chow is a writer, new media storyteller, and educator. She is a professor at S.U.N.Y. Purchase teaching writing for film, and theories of meaning creation in narrative works. As the former Teaching Fellow at Columbia University OHMA, she worked to help students bring the practice of oral history and narrative storytelling together. In her public talks she often emphasizes the importance bringing the human experience into historical scholarship, and the importance of engaging in public facing work.

She is a graduate of the Columbia University’s MFA program, and the Columbia University Oral History Masters Program.

She is the 2018 Recipient of the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, won for the book project, Still.Life. The project also won the Columbia University Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award. She’s a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Toms Fellowship, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award. She was the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Grant, and in 2014, she won the Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting.