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Atkinson Lecture Series to host Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Susan-Lori ParksPhoto Credit Stephanie Diani

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.

Ticket sales begin Nov. 7.

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. 

About Parks

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.

A 2001 MacArthur Fellow, Parks earned a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Award, a 1996 CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, a Guggenheim fellowship, and she is an alumna of New Dramatists

Related Links

Suzan-Lori Parks

Time.com: Innovators

Obie Award archives

MacArthur Fellowship