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Georgia born writer Shay Youngblood is author of the novels Black Girl in Paris and Soul Kiss (Riverhead Books) and a collection of short fiction, The Big Mama Stories (Firebrand Books). Her plays Amazing Grace, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery and Talking Bones, (Dramatic Publishing Company), have been widely produced. Her other plays include Black Power Barbie and Communism Killed My Dog. She completed a radio play, Explain Me the Blues for WBGO Public Radio's Jazz Play Series, featuring Odetta and the music of Olu Dara. The recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pushcart Prize for fiction, a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, an Edward Albee honoree, several NAACP Theater Awards, an Astraea Writers' Award for fiction and a 2 ...more


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Black Girl in Paris
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Soul Kiss: A Novel
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The Big Mama Stories
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Shakin' the Mess Outta Mise...
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Talking bones: A play
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WINTER PROPHET: A NOVEL
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Square Blues: a play
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Black Power Barbie
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Collected Plays of Shay You...
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“There was power in the pen, I knew this for certain...It was there all the time, just waiting for me.”
Shay Youngblood

“I was a woman and did not yet think of myself as a writer. I was a mapmaker.”
Shay Youngblood, Black Girl in Paris

“Before I left home I cut my hair close to my scalp so I could be a free woman with free thoughts, open to all possibilities. I was making a map of the world. In ancient times maps were made to help people find food, water, and the way back home. I needed a map to help me find love and language and since one didn't exist, I'd have to invent one, following the trails and signs left by other travelers. I didn't know what I wanted to be, but I knew I wanted to be the kind of woman who was bold, took chances, and had adventures. I wanted to travel around the world. It was my little-girl dream.”
Shay Youngblood, Black Girl in Paris

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