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Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due (BSJ87) was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement in 2010. She is currently the Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2013), where she teaches screenwriting and journalism. She also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Due's novella “Ghost Summer,” published in the 2008 anthology The Ancestors , received the 2008 Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society, and her short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. Due is a leading voice in black speculative fiction; a paper on Due's work recently was presented at the College Language Association (CLA) Conference.Due collaborates with her husband, author Steven Barnes, on the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series along with actor Blair Underwood. Due authored The Black Rose , a historical novel about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, based on the research of Alex Haley – and Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights , which she co-authored with her mother, the late civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the Family was named 2003's Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues Book Review .

She received the “New Voice in Literature Award” in 2004 at the Yari Yari Pamberi conference co-sponsored by New York University's Institute of African-American Affairs and African Studies Program and the Organization of Women Writers of Africa.

Due has an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. In addition to VONA, Due has taught at the Hurston-Wright Foundation's Writers' Week and the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop. As a screenwriter, she is a member of the Writers' Guild of America (WGA).

Due and her husband, Steven Barnes, met at a speculative fiction conference at Clark Atlanta University in 1997.

Due lives in the Atlanta area with Barnes and their son, Jason. Her writing blog is at Her website is at