PEARL CLEAGEPEARL CLEAGE (Playwright, What I Learned in Paris) is an Atlanta-based writer, currently Mellon Playwright in Residence at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta where What I Learned in Paris opened the 2012-2013 Season.

Her works include award-winning plays, bestselling novels, and numerous columns, articles, and essays for a wide variety of publications including Essence, Ebony, Rap Pages, Vibe, The Atlanta Tribune, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

She is the author of thirteen plays, including Flyin' West, the most produced new American play in the country in 1994. Her Blues for an Alabama Sky was included in the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta and will receive a 20th anniversary revival at the Alliance in 2015. Her other plays include Chain; Late Bus to Mecca; Bourbon at the Border; A Song for Coretta, and The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years. She is the author of eight novels, including Baby Brother's Blues, which received an NAACP Image Award for Literature.

She is also the co-author with her husband, writer Zaron W. Burnett, Jr., of We Speak Your Names, a praise poem commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for her 2005 Legends Weekend . Cleage and Burnett are frequent collaborators, including their award winning ten year performance series, Live at Club Zebra! featuring their work as writers and performance artists.

Her new book of non-fiction entitled Things I Should Have ToldMy Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs, was published by Simon and Schuster/ATRIA Books in April, 2014. Cleage was chosen Cosby Chair in the Fine Arts by her alma mater, Spelman College, in 2005, spent two years as a member of the Spelman faculty, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by the college in 2010. She is currently at work on a new play, Tell Me My Dream, to premiere at the Alliance Theatre in their 2015-2016 Season, and a one-woman show based on her memoir.

September, 2014