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Ntozake Shange to Receive Star on Walk of Fame

The author and playwright of such works as 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,' lived in St. Louis as a child.

Writer Ntozake Shange will be in today to receive her star on the .

Shange's star will be located at 6160 Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar Loop, across from the Moonrise Hotel. The presentation ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. 

Born Paulette Williams, writer Ntozake Shange lived in St. Louis from age 8 to 13 on Windemere Place in The Ville. Her experiences in St. Louis infuse her work, especially the novels Betsey Brown (1985) and Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter (1994). 

She won an Obie award for her stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. Now a standard of the American stage, the 1976-77 Broadway hit was adapted into a major motion picture in 2010.   

A prodigious author of poetry collections, novels and essays as well as plays, Ntozake Shange’s work combines technical innovation and lyric exuberance with a passionate feminist voice writing from an African-American perspective.

Ms. Shange also will be appearing at the Nu-Art Series at the Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust Blvd on Saturday, Sept. 15th from 3-6 p.m.

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