is a novelist, playwright, songwriter, and screenwriter. She was the recipient
of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog, as well as
a 2001 MacArthur "genius grant." Her other plays include In the
Blood, The America Play, Venus, and The Death of the Last Black Man in the
Whole Entire World. Her first feature film, Girl 6, was directed by Spike Lee.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she studied with James Baldwin, she has taught creative writing in universities across the country, including at the Yale School of Drama, and she headed the Dramatic Writing Program at CalArts. She currently holds the master writer's chair at Public Theater in New York.
This biography was last updated on 12/21/2010.
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