Pearl Cleage

2004

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer whose plays include Bourbon at the Border, Blues for an Alabama Sky and Flyin’ West, all three commissioned and premiered by the Alliance Theatre. Blues went on to receive productions across the country at such theaters as Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory, and A Contemporary Theatre. 

Her books include Mad At Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide To Truth; Deals With The Devil And Other Reasons To Riot; One For The Brothers; a collection of poetry entitled We Don’t Need No Music; and the novels, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, I Wish I Had a Red Dress, and Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do. Cleage currently is Playwright in Residence at Spelman College, the editor of Catalyst, and the artistic director of Just Us Theater Company. 

An alumna of Spelman College, Cleage makes her home in Atlanta.

She is the daughter of Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr. (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman), the prominent Detroit minister who founded both the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC) and the Shrine of the Black Madonna.

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