Bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Precious, the unforgettable heroine of her novel Push. This generational story—which moves from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday—tells of a twenty-first century young man’s fight to find a way toward the future.
Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the best-selling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship.
Brighde Mullins is a playwright and poet, whose work includes Monkey in the Middle, Fire Eater and Pathological Venus. Current theatre projects include a commission by the Pioneer Theatre Company and a site-specific piece with the Imaginists Theatre. She was the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University (where she was also a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Playwriting), and served for fifteen years as the Director of the Reading Series in Contemporary Poetry at Dia Art Foundation in N.Y. She serves on the Board of PenWest, and is a Fellow at the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities. She is the Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at U.S.C.
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