Tananarive Due
American Book Award Winner
NAACP Image Award Winner


I speak on artists and activism, social justice, Afrofuturism, writing (craft), Octavia E. Butler and the rise of black science fiction, fantasy and horror as tools for resistance. In addition to being a novelist and screenwriter, I co-authored a civil rights memoir, Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights with my late mother, civil rights leader Patricia Stephens Due.

In these extraordinary tales, Due uses a clear-eyed view of history to explain (but never excuse) the present. — Publisher's Weekly

More than just a ghost story is Due's sense of musical and cultural history. — The Washington Post

Due accomplishes the hardest thing of all with deceptive ease, creating characters we care about on their most human level. —Stephen King

Beautiful and terrifying. Tananarive Due is the modern master of horror and humanity. — Daniel José Older, New York Times Best-Selling author of Shadowshaper

I enjoy reading the kind of novel that seduces me right into it and makes me forget about work or sleep. My Soul to Keep does that beautifully. —Octavia E. Butler, MacArthur Genius

Tananarive Due is a former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014), where she taught screenwriting, creative writing and journalism.  She also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir.  In 2010, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.  In addition to Voices of our Nation (VONA), Due has taught at the Hurston Wright Foundation's Writers' Week and the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop. Tananarive Due is based in Southern California.

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