Shay Youngblood (May-June 2018)
Georgia born writer Shay Youngblood is a writer, visual artist, teacher and mentor. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean, as an au pair and poet’s helper in Paris. She is author of the novels Black Girl in Paris and Soul Kiss (Riverhead Books) and collections of short fiction including The Big Mama Stories (Firebrand Books). Her published plays Amazing Grace, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery and Talking Bones, (Dramatic Publishing Company), have been widely produced. Her other plays include Square Blues, Black Power Barbie and Communism Killed My Dog. She is 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 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Sustained Achievement Award.
In 2011 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts sponsored Japan-US Creative Artist Fellowship for 2011 to research architecture and memory in support of a five-month residency. She was selected to be a 2018 Fellow for the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe for work on a non-fiction book.
She is an artist board member of Yaddo Artist Colony.