Power of Words Author Panel-Pearl Cleage and Nic Stone
ABOUT THIS EVENT
The Power of Words Author Panel brings together authors who utilize words to express powerful narratives, connection and musing from a diversity of lenses. Hosted by Theresa Davis
The author will share selections from their work followed by a question and answer opportunity for the audience. Links to purchase books are listed below.
Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta based writer, currently Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. Her new play Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous, had its world premiere as a part of the theatre’s 50 th anniversary season in 2019 and is scheduled for productions around the country next season, including Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Her other plays premiered at the Alliance include Pointing at the Moon, “What I Learned in Paris,” and Flyin’ West, the most produced new play in the country in 1994. Her play The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years was commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and co-produced with the Alliance in Montgomery and Atlanta. Her first play for young audiences, Tell Me My Dream, was commissioned and produced by the Alliance in 2015. Her book for children, co-authored with her husband, writer Zaron W. Burnett with illustrations by Radcliffe Bailey was a part of the Mayor’s Reading Club last summer and distributed free to 15,000 Atlanta children. It will be presented at the Alliance as a play for the very young in March, 2020. Cleage is currently at work on Sit-In, a play for young audiences about the sit-in movement in conjunction with a national exhibition sponsored by Scholastic Books, starting at the High Museum this summer. Blues for An Alabama Sky was included in the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival and has been produced in multiple American theatres every year since it premiered at the Alliance in 1995. The Alliance included a 20th anniversary production in their 2015 season, directed by Susan V. Booth. Earlier this year, the play ran off Broadway at the Keen Company in New York and is scheduled for a production at the National Theatre in London in 2021. Some of her other plays include Late Bus to Mecca, Bourbon at the Border and A Song for Coretta.
Nic Stone is Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. Her debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, and her debut middle-grade novel, Clean Getaway, were both New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of Odd One Out, a novel about discovering oneself and who it is okay to love, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality and Shuri: A Black Panther Novel based on the much-loved character from the Black Panther comics and film. Dear Justyce, the sequel to Dear Martin, was published on September 29, 2020. Nic lives in Atlanta with her family. Find her online at nicstone.info or @nicstone.
Hosted by Theresa Davis Literary Programs Director for the ArtsXchange.