Kia Corthron is a playwright and novelist. Awards for her body of work for the stage include the Windham Campbell Prize, Horton Foote Prize, Flora Roberts Award, United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, McKnight National Residency, Lee Reynolds Award, and others. Arena Stage will produce her commissioned play TEMPESTUOUS ELEMENTS in 2022. Other plays, including SPLASH HATCH ON THE E GOING DOWN, A COOL DIP IN THE BARREN SAHARAN CRICK, BREATH, BOOM, and FORCE CONTINUUM have been produced in New York by Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club; regionally by Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film; in London by the Royal Court Theatre and Donmar Warehouse; and elsewhere. She was the 2017 resident playwright of Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre which produced three of her plays. Her debut novel THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and the winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her second novel MOON AND THE MARS was published in August 2021. Edgar and Writers Guild Outstanding Series awards for David Simon's THE WIRE. Residencies include MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, Art Omi, Hermitage Retreat, Ucross, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bellagio Creative Arts Residency (Italy), Dora Maar House (France), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Château de Lavigny (Switzerland), Cill Rialaig (Ireland), Siena Art Institute artist in residence (Italy). She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is a New Dramatists alumnus, and is a member of the Authors Guild.
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MORE ABOUT ME:
I feel most like myself when I'm writing.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON:
My second novel MOON AND THE MARS was just released, so mostly I've been writing essays and answering Q&As for online journals to promote the book.
Political, People of Color, Historical