November 30, 2017

Ntozake Shange coming to Free Library of Philadelphia

She wrote the Broadway-produced and Obie Award-winning 'for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf'

Poetry Discussions
Ntozake Shange Reichenthal/AP

The lasting impact and legacy of the work of playwright and poet Ntozake Shange helped celebrate a major milestone at The African American Museum in Philadelphia. She's pictured here in a 1976 file photo.

Ntozake Shange, playwright and poet, will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 7, in conversation with Yolanda Wisher, the current poet laureate of Philadelphia.

Shange's first work "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf" helped reveal what it is to be of color and female in America.

The 1975 groundbreaking "choreopoem" combined 20 poems with dance moves and music. It was turned into a Broadway play and has since been adapted for the silver screen.


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The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, Shange is also the author of many works of fiction.

At the Free Library, Shange will discuss her collection of poems in "Wild Beauty." According to the library, it includes "more than 60 original and previously collected poems in English and Spanish, as a call to action for a new generation of activists."

The author event is free to attend. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Central branch.


Ntozake Shange in conversation with Yolanda Wisher

Thursday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m. | Free
Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central branch
1901 Vine St.