Atkinson Lecture Series to host Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
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Willamette will host Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the university’s Smith Auditorium as part of the Atkinson Lecture Series. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Willamette Store will offer Parks’ selected work for sale, and a book-signing will follow the lecture and discussion.
Parks makes an insightful and enthusiastic presentation about issues that writers face, the process of becoming a writer and following one’s creative voice. Her talks are part performance, part storytelling and are always high-energy.
Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, which she won for the Broadway hit “Topdog/Underdog,” and her story is featured in the PBS film "The Topdog Diaries."
Parks teaches at New York University, serves The Public Theatre as its Master Writer Chair and is at work on her second novel. She previously taught at California Institute of the Arts and Yale School of Drama.