NTOZAKE SHANGE is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include the Obie Award-winning "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf," "Betsey Brown," " Liliane "and "Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo." Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Barnard and recipient of a Masters in American Studies from University of Southern California, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. IFA BAYEZA is an award-winning playwright, producer, and conceptual theater artist. Her works for the stage include "Amistad Voices," " Club Harlem," " Kid Zero," " Homer G & the Rhapsodies," and "The Ballad of Emmett Till," winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Play and a 2007 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference fellowship. A graduate of Harvard University, Bayeza is a board member of the SonEdna Literary Foundation. She lives in Chicago.