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Shange, Ntozake.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [1978]

Physical Description:
148 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"The roots of your hair/what turns back when we sweat, run, make love, dance, get afraid, get happy: the tell-tale signs of living."
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Central Library PS3569.H3324 N3 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Central Library PS3569.H3324 N3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Central Library PS3569.H3324 N3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Frank E. Merriweather Library PS3569.H3324 N3 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Completely repackaged, this spirited celebration of the African-American soul breathes new life in the rhythmic poetry of beats and movements for which she is renowned. Winner of the Tony Award and the Obie Award for "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Ntozake Shange's poetry is considered some of the most influential in African-American culture.

Author Notes

Ntozake Shange is a writer, educator, and poet. She was born Paulette Linda Williams in Trenton, New Jersey on October 18, 1948. Shange graduated from Barnard College in 1970 and entered the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, earning a master's degree in 1973. It was while in graduate school that she adopted her African name.

Shange taught writing and took part in poetry readings and dance performances. She taught drama and creative writing at several colleges and universities, including Yale and Howard. In 1983, Shange became associate professor of drama at the University of Houston.

Shange wrote For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, a choreopoem that opened on Broadway in 1976. The show won an Obie Award and was nominated for an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy. Shange also wrote the trilogy, Three Pieces, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry in 1981. She also received an Obie in 1981 for her adaptation of Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. Shange has also published novels, collections of poetry, and a children's book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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