Gabrielle Denise Pina
Gabrielle Pina is a poignant and masterful storyteller. Ms. Pina’s novels have been described as “ever suspenseful” by Black Issues Book Review and “a spectacular effort” by Written Magazine. Pina was viewed as “the writer to look out for” when she published the acclaimed short story Uncommon Revelations for the ESI Anthology. That year also featured the birth of her thesis project, Bliss into her first novel, which culminated in a three-book deal with Random House and a national book tour. Pina’s long awaited sophomore novel, Chasing Sophea was released in October 2006 and has become a book club favorite. Pina taught in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California for the past ten years, where she also received a Master of Arts degree. In March of 2012, Pina premiered Letters from Zora: In Her Own Words starring Vanessa Bell Callow, a play that showcases the artistic and literary triumphs of the venerable Zora Neale Hurston at the University of Southern California to a sold out crowd of over twelve hundred. Letters from Zora premiered and sold old all five shows at the Pasadena Playhouse in August of 2013 and was back by popular demand at the Pasadena Playhouse the following year for eight shows. Letters from Zora also opened the season to rave reviews at the Tony award winning Crossroads Theater in October of 2014. Ms. Pina is also hard at work on her third novel, A Season for Hummingbirds and has completed her second play Dreaming of Harlem Under a High Southern Sky which will premiere as part of the Visions & Voices: Arts and Humanities Initiative at the University of Southern California in March of 2015.