Toni Morrison, Matchmaker

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Asking a writer, “What is your all-time favorite book?” is like asking a mother to name her favorite child. About 5 years ago when I was asked this question, I didn’t hesitate. Without taking a breath, I answered, “Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison”. Within 15 seconds I got a marriage proposal and two years later I was married by a ginger haired, female judge in the Iowa City Public Library, a place where you could check out framed works of art and children could play in a child sized house made of books. How is that for impact on your life? That’s why I’m considering taking the trip back to Stockholm, Sweden for the Anniversary Symposium on the works of Toni Morrison October 18 – 19, 2013 at Sodertorn University.

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About Shay Youngblood

Shay Youngblood is the author of novels, plays, essays and poetry. Her work has appeared in Oprah, Essence, Black Book and Good Housekeeping Magazines. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize for fiction, a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, several NAACP Theater Awards, and a New York Foundation for the Arts, Sustained Achievement Award. Her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR's Selected Shorts. Ms. Youngblood received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the eastern Caribbean, as an au pair, artist's model, and poet's helper in Paris, and as a creative writing instructor in a Rhode Island women's prison. She was a Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow (2011) and Dallas Museum of Art, Writer in Residence (2013).