Author Archives: Shay Youngblood

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).

DENTON BLACK FILM FESTIVAL: Community Action

image1Shay Youngblood with David Herman in the “green room”

The Denton Black Film Festival was a good time, reflective, informative, celebratory and sobering. The sold out screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO was an action that inspired me to return to a writing project with urgency. Christopher Blay’s exhibition KWTXR was moving and captured this moment now. The Women in Entertainment panel was illuminating and lots of new connections were made. The films and events were rich with testimony, strategy and respite in these challenging times. Thanks to Linda and Harry Eaddy and the DBFF Crew. Community Action at work!

Broken Beautiful

“When you uncover my body there will be a name for every heartbreak inked into my skin.  Anyone who sees me naked will know it’s not just my body that’s vulnerable. I can still feel the buzz of a thousand needles.

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. My mother gave me mine. Raise the cuff of my left shirt-sleeve three and a quarter inches and you will see, tattooed on my inner wrist, a long narrow instrument for scooping marrow from the bones of slow cooked meat dishes like osso bucco and oxtail stew.”    Shay Youngblood from Broken Beautiful

 

art Marrow scoop

 

Japan Project Page & Hiroshi Sugimoto in DC

Traveled to DC for the U.S. Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. Keynote speaker Hiroshi Sugimoto shared his art, architecture and passions along with others who spoke about programs and projects leading up to the Olympics in Kyoto in 2020. The shinto shrine Sugimoto san designed on Naoshima changed me.

See my Japan Project page at www.shayyoungblood.com

Art Installation in Japan

Art Installation in Japan

Japan Performance Project

JPP Invite 4 August 2015The Indiegogo campaign to support the technical production of Add Architecture, Stir Memory was a success! Over 130 people attended the performance at the UNT on the Square Gallery on a hot Tuesday night in Texas. Looking to continue development of the work in other venues in the region and ultimately take it to Japan. Thank you to everyone who supported the work. A soft cover edition of the manuscript from the performance is now available online. Eternal gratitude.

Add Architecture, Stir Memory: A Workshop Production

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Add Architecture, Stir Memory: TX – JAPAN

A Workshop Production by Shay Youngblood

with special guests kt shorb and Lyndon Gill

Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 5-7pm  @ Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, Texas

Free and open to the public

What is the effect of memory on architecture? What is the effect of architecture on memory? How do our early memories of home shape who we become? I traveled from Texas to Tokyo in the spring of 2011 to ask these questions in the form of interviews with Japanese creatives, that would be the research for a novel set in Hawaii and Japan. Ten days after I arrived, Japan experienced the strongest earthquake in its history, which triggered a powerful tsunami and set off a nuclear disaster. In this multimedia performance I share my experience of home in Japan, my creative process and invite the audience to participate in shaping my work-in-progress.

*This workshop production is made possible with support from

ALLGO: A Texas Statewide Organization for Queer People of Color

“Impossible Landscape” artwork: Adrienne Brown

Annette Lawrence has an awesome NEW Website!!!!!!!

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On March 29th at 6:30pm Annette Lawrence will give an artists’ talk at her exhibition of new work LEANING TOWARDS AN ALGORITHM at Mountain View College in Dallas.  solo exhibition info

It has been an unexpected pleasure to watch the development of this new body of work by  Annette. Her intellect, discipline, focus and dedication to her craft continues to inspire me. Totally unbiased.

Annette Lawrence WEBSITE