Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include the Obie Award–winning for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, nappy edges, ridin’ the Moon in texas, sassafrass, cypress & indigo, betsey brown, some sing, some cry with Ifa Bayeza, three pieces, lost in language and sound, the love space demands, liane, and numerous children’s books. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, the Lila Wallace–Readers’ Digest Writer’s Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Elie Wiesel Award, and three Audelco awards. Ms. Shange also won an Obie Award for her adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. Ms. Shange’s work has been nominated for a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. She has taught at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. Ms. Shange has one daughter, Savannah Shange Watkins, and one granddaughter, Harriet. Ms. Shange lives in the Washington, DC area.

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