Ntozake Shange (1948-2018) was a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include the Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, as well as Some Sing, Some Cry (written with her sister Ifa Bayeza), Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo and Liliane.
Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize. She was a graduate of Barnard and recipient of a Masters in American Studies from University of Southern California.
“Shange's wit, lyricism and fierceness are marvelous.” —The New York Times
“A jubilant celebration of womanhood as moving as the moon...pure magic.” —Kansas City Star
“A marvel... Languages--colloquial, established, lyric play together like the most lush chamber music, the coolest jazz, the brassiest marches, the hippest jug band... It leaves us filled with joy and yearning for more.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Possessed of poetry, motion, and light… Shange's tale is poignant, surprising, and deep as she looks as the different worlds of women and their special places therein.” —Publishers Weekly