Suzan-Lori Parks biography
Suzan-Lori Parks is an African-American playwright and screenwriter. When she attended Mount Holyoke College, James Baldwin, who taught writing there, encouraged her to try playwriting. She received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 2001. Her play Topdog/Underdog, about family identity and the struggles of everyday African-American life, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002.