Featured Author Gloria Naylor
Iconic author Gloria Naylor blazed onto the literary scene with her best selling novel, “The Women Of Brewster Place,” an unflinching portrait of of the strengths and struggles of a small community of Black women living in a literal and figurative dead end housing project. Their story resonated and rang true for both readers and critics and her landmark first work was awarded the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983 and was made into a a popular television series starring and produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Her subsequent novels include “Linden Hills,” “Mama Day,” Bailey’s Caf” and the “Men of Brewster Place,” the other side of the story of residents. In addition to her books, Naylor has written essays and screenplays as well as the stage adaptation of “Bailey’s Caf.”
A native New Yorker, Naylor is graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale University, She has been recognized with numerous honors including Scholar in Residence, the University Of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow; The Society of Humanities, Cornell University and Visiting Professor, Kent University, Canterbury England. She was also the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts (1985) and a Guggenheim fellowship (1988), Naylor was one of only a few African American women ever to receive this honor.
Naylor has also founded One Way Productions, an independent film company, and is involved in a literacy program in the Bronx.