I first discovered author, poet, and playwright, Pearl Cleage, about four years ago. I can’t remember if I read What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day first, or Been There and Done the Rest first. But, I loved them both.
Each story was compelling, inhabited by characters who were so real, I felt as if I knew them. Soon after I read Babylon Sisters, and I Wish I had a Red Dress.
Life got a bit busy and I found myself with less time for reading as I struggled to make time for my own writing. But working my way through the rest of Cleage’s work remains a goal. Thankfully, this weekly series reminds me of all of the wonderful storytellers’ whose work inspires.
See a list of Cleage’s titles here. Listen to her talk about and read some of her work during the Pearl Cleage Creativity Hour hosted by Emory University.
Have you read her work or seen any of her plays? If so, what is your favorite Pearl Cleage story? Tell us in the comments below.