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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to speak at PSU
Friday, February 9, 2007 - 9:00am
Who: Suzan-Lori Parks
What: Q&A Session
When: 9 am, Friday, Feb. 9
Where: SMU 238
Admission: FREE

Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Theatre, will hold a conversation with students and faculty at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 9. The Q&A session will be held in room 238, Smith Memorial Union. The event is free and open to all PSU students and faculty.

After writing several well-received off Broadway plays including In the Blood and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Parks emerged onto the theatrical forefront with the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog. The production has been performed to great acclaim on Broadway and in theaters throughout the United States and Europe. Parks' other plays include The Sinners Place, Devotees in the Garden of Love, Betting on the Dust Commander, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, a 1990 Obie Award winner for best new American play, The American Play, and Venus, a 1996 Obie Award winner. Writing about Parks' work, a Time magazine reviewer commented that, "Her dislocating stage devices, stark but poetic language and fiercely idiosyncratic images transform her work into something haunting and marvelous."

Parks is also the author of an acclaimed novel, Getting Mother's Body, set in the west Texas of her youth. She has taught at several institutions, including the Yale School of Drama and the Dramatic Writing Program at CalArts. Her first feature film screenplay was Spike Lee's Girl 6 and she was recently commissioned by Oprah Winfrey to write the film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God. She is at work on screenplays for Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt.

The event is sponsored by Portland's Literary Arts and the PSU Department of English.

Thanks also to contributors, PSU Literary Arts Council and the PSU Speakers Board.

For information:
Peggy Savage
Portland State University
Department of English
External Relations and Ass't. Development Coordinator
188C Cramer Hall
503-913-1908 (cell)