Shay Youngblood is author of the novels Black Girl in Paris, Winter Prophet, a graphic novel, Black Power Barbie and a collection of short fiction, The Big Mama Stories. Her plays, Amazing Grace, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, and Talking Bones (Dramatic Publishing Company), have been widely produced. Her other plays include Flying Blind, Square Blues and Communism Killed My Dog. An Edward Albee honoree, and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize for fiction, a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, several
NAACP Theater Awards, and an Astraea Writers' Award for fiction, Ms. Youngblood graduated from Clark-Atlanta University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the eastern Caribbean, as an au pair, artist's model, and poet's helper in Paris, and as a creative writing instructor in a Rhode Island women's prison. She was a 2011 Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, Creative Artist Fellow. Currently she is a writer in residence at the Dallas Museum of Art.
"My interest in architecture has been fueled by my travels. I have lived on the East Coast, in the Deep South, Japan, Hawaii, France, Spain and the Caribbean, traveled to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Sweden and Denmark and once took a three month road trip across the United States. I have a particular weakness for shoes and my guilty pleasures are spa vacations and 72 hour reading orgies. I will try almost any cuisine or any activity once, more if I like it.
My art practice includes writing and painting, sometimes I combine the two. Among my creative goals are collaborations with a composer on an opera, an illustrator on a graphic novel and to develop an interdisciplinary work for the theater that integrates video animation."
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Set in the late nineteenth century, the novel follows Winter Grace, the uniquely talented daughter of former slaves, who is determined to become an opera singer and her best friend, Nathan Fitzpatrick, an undertaker’s son, who dreams of becoming a boxer. There is little hope for either of their dreams to be realized in the small Kansas town where they grow into adulthood.
Talking Bones is set in Ancestor’s Books & Breakfast, a half empty bookstore in a small Southern town, where three generations of women, Ruth, her daughter Baybay and her grand daughter Eila, hear the ancestors through a broken hearing aid, whispers in the dark and in talking bones. The ancestors bring a message about love, faith and family.
Square Blues follows, a reparations activist, his mother Odessa, who married a Jewish store owner in the 1940’s and her grand daughter Karma, an art activist, during one summer weekend in the early 1990’s during which each member of his family is challenged to stand up for their beliefs in ways that threaten to tear the family apart.
Soul Kiss is a coming of age novel about an African American girl, Mariah Kin Santos, who explores issues of identity, the fluid nature of sexuality, community as family and the boundaries of familial love.
Hotel Stories erotica vol 1
In these series of funny, unsettling, erotic, heart-breaking and sensual stories set in hotels around the world, hotel guests discover private passions, unexpected pleasures, hope, redemption, small pleasures and discover the darkest parts of themselves when faced with four anonymous walls and a bed. Stories in Volume 1 are set in New York City.
Flying Blind a play
Floral is a seventy-nine year old woman who has always dreamed of driving across country in the vintage Buick, Deuce and a Quarter she won in a lottery many years before. While sitting behind the wheel of the car at a Flying J Truck Stop in Surrender, Alabama waiting for her son to drive her to an assisted living home, sixteen year old Cherry asks her for a ride and the adventure begins.
Black Power Barbie
Written in the form of a graphic novel, Tabitha X and her younger brother, Jackson Five, the children of murdered African American Civil Rights activists, battle for Black Power Barbie as they relive vivid and frightening memories in therapy sessions in the mid 1990’s. As adults, Tabitha remains psychologically wounded, living in the past, while Jackson faces the reality of living with AIDS.
Big Mama Stories
Big Mama Stories is a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories about a young Black girl's coming of age in the South in the 1960’s.
Black Girl in Paris
Eden leaves her home, in the American South arriving in Paris, where she experiments freely, inhabiting different incarnations - artist's model, poet's helper, au pair, teacher, thief, and lover - to heal the wounds of her broken heart, discover her sexual self, and, finally, to wrestle her dreams of becoming a writer into reality.
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