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Parks, Suzan-Lori

(born: May 10, 1963) 

Suzan-Lori Parks was born in Fort Knox, KY May 10, 1963, but has lived in a number of states; her father a colonel in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War while the family lived in Odessa, TX. The family also lived in Germany.

Suzan-Lori Parks is a major playwright as well as a screenwriter, musician, and novelist. She has received a number of awards, including the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog; she was the first African-American woman to receive the award for drama. She wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee's Girl 6 and went on to work on many more, as well as write a number of books, including Getting Mother's Body: a novel and Venus. In 2023, Time magazine placed her on its 100 most influential people in the world list.

Parks is a graduate Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she studied under James Baldwin. She currently resides in New York City.

For more see a biography written by Mariana Brandman at the website; Suzan-Lori Parks at the Academy of Achievement website; Women of Color, Women of Words; Biography Index, vols. 20-26; and Contemporary Black Biography. Profiles from the international black community, vol. 34.

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NKAA Source: Topdog/underdog
NKAA Source: Girl 6 (videorecording)
NKAA Source: Getting mother's body: a novel
NKAA Source: Venus: a play
NKAA Source: Biography Reference Bank (database)
NKAA Source: Contemporary Black biography. Profiles from the international black community, vol. 34

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