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Judy Juanita

Judy Juanita’s De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland [EquiDistance, 2016] explores key shifts and contradictions in her own artistic development as it explores black and female empowerment. Her semi-autobiographical debut novel, Virgin Soul [Viking, 2013], features a young woman in the 60s who joins the Black Panther Party.  Her collection of short stories, “The High Price of Freeways,” is a three-time finalist in the Livingston Press Tartt Fiction Award; stories from the collection appear in Oakland Noir, Crab Orchard Review, The Female Complaint, Imagination & Place: an anthology, Tartt Six and Tartt Seven. Her writing focuses on black politics, culture, and art, and on California's vigor and culture. At SFSU, she joined fellow student protesters to revolutionize American higher education and create the nation’s first black studies department. In her play, “Life is a Carousel,” featured at Beyond Baroque in Venice last month, a black woman academic argues with the forgotten founder of Black Studies about the academy, Black Studies and the struggle. This play is included in Juanita’s book Homage to the Black Arts Movement: A Handbook (EquiDistance, 2018). Juanita’s twenty-odd plays have been produced in the Bay Area, L.A. and NYC.