Seattle Storytellerby Kathya Alexander



Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, poet, playwright and teaching artist. She was a 2007 Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious Hedgebrook Women Writer's Retreat and won the 2002 Fringe First Award for Black to My Roots: African American Tales from the Head and the Heart at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Outstanding New Production in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kathya was also awarded Freehold Theater's Diversity Scholarship in 2005.

As Literary Director for Brownbox Theater, an African American theater company in Seattle, she has written several plays including emotionalblackmale for Seattle University's Declaration of Independents Project; David & Jonathan: A Modern Day Re-telling of the Biblical Story staged at The Seattle Rep in 2008; Dream'n (adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream-2007); HumaNature (choreopoem-2007); and Homegoing (2006). Kathya's writing has appeared in Colors Northwest Magazine, and she is the author of Angel in the Outhouse; God the Mother: A Creation Story; and the God the Mother Calendar.

Growing up in the south as a child in the 60s, the Civil Rights movement greatly impacted her life and continues to influence her writing. Her novel, Keep-A-Livin', explores the familial and communal relationships of a Negro girl against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. The novel also explores the spirituality that was an integral part of Kathya's childhood, especially the church and the spirit world that was an essential part of her early existence. She currently performs at Madison Park Starbucks on the last Thursday of every month as part of Aunt Mama's Story Hour. Kathya is a member of the African American Writers Alliance and the Seattle Story Tellers Guild.

Awards and Publications

Fringe First Award Edinburgh, Scotland
Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workplace
WRAP Award
Youth Arts Award
City Artist Award - Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture
STG’s Night At The Neptune
Hedgebrook's Women’s Writer's Retreat
Freehold Theater’s New Plays Festival
Mahogany Project's New Plays Festival
Intiman Theater's Rough Eagle's Project
Women of Wisdom Festival
Creative Advantage Community Arts Partners Roster