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Born Paulette Williams, writer Ntozake Shange lived in St. Louis from 8 to 13 years of age on Windemere Place in The Ville.  Her experiences in St. Louis infuse her work, especially the novels Betsey Brown (1985) and Liliane:  Resurrection of the Daughter (1994).  She won an Obie award for her electrifying stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.  Now a standard of the American stage, the 1976-77 Broadway hit was adapted into a major motion picture in 2010.   A prodigious author of poetry collections, novels and essays as well as plays, Ntozake Shange’s work combines technical innovation and lyric exuberance with a passionate feminist voice writing from an African-American perspective.

Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange

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