Suzan-Lori Parks's Headshot

Suzan-Lori Parks

- Panelist Blurb

  • Recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award
  • First African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama for her play Topdog/Underdog
  • Her 365 Plays/365 Days was preformed a week at a time and in sequence in theaters around the world from November 2006 – November 2007
  • A mentor, author James Baldwin, said when she was young, that she was “an astonishing and beautiful creature who may become one of the most valuable artists of our time”
  • Time Magazine says “her dislocating stage devices, stark but poetic language and fiercely idiosyncratic images transform her work into something haunting and marvelous.”

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from November 21, 2008.