( 1959- )
Shay Youngblood was born in Columbus, Georgia, received her BA in mass communications from Clark-Atlanta University in 1981 and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University in 1993. Youngblood has held a number of jobs in the public relations field, including public information assistant for WETV in Atlanta and agriculture information officer with the Peace Corps in Dominica, Eastern Caribbean. Since 1984, however, Youngblood has worked as a freelance writer in Atlanta, New York, Paris, France, and currently works in Providence, Rhode Island, and her poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her Big Mama Stories, published by Firebrand Books, is a collection of short fiction; One Red Shoe, published by Raging Redhead Press, is a collection of Youngblood's poetry. Her short story "Born with Religion" won the Pushcart Prize for fiction. Youngblood has written, produced, and directed two short videos, and she wrote the feature-length screen- play adaptation for her play Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, optioned by Sidney Poitier for Columbia Pictures in 1992. Youngblood has taught creative writing at the Syracuse Community Writer's Project, Wells College Feminist Women's Writing Workshop, and several other venues. She has also been a playwriting instructor at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution for Women and at Brown University.
Shay Youngblood's vivid female characters spring to life on stage from the playwright's own Southern roots. Her innate sense of storytelling, combined with warmth, humor, and colorful language, creates vibrant characters. Shakin'the Mess Outta Misery