Tananarive Due

author and screenwriter, Danger Word and From Capetown with Love, and screenwriting instructor


Tananarive Due is a leading voice in black speculative fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. She is the former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014) and teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir. In 2010, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. She and her husband, Steven Barnes, recently sold an adaptation of her novel The Good House to cable TV.
            In 2013, Due co-produced a short film, Danger Word, with Steven Barnes and director Luchina Fisher. Due and Barnes also co-wrote the short, which was based on their novel Devil’s Wake. To raise the film’s $30,000 budget, Due coordinated a social media campaign on Facebook and Indiegogo. Due appeared on the MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” to bring awareness to the film. Starring Frankie Faison (“The Wire,” The Silence of the Lambs) and Saoirse Scott, Danger Word was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the BronzeLens and Pan African film festivals.
            Due collaborates on the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with her husband, author Steven Barnes, in partnership with actor Blair Underwood.  Due and Barnes also collaborate on a young adult horror/science fiction series including the novels Devil’s Wake and Domino Falls. 
            Due wrote 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.  (Patricia Stephens Due took part in the nation’s first “Jail-In” in 1960, spending 49 days in jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after a sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter.)
            Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England. 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.  She lives in Southern California with Barnes and their son, Jason. Her writing blog is at www.tananarivedue.wordpress.com.