Affiliate Faculty, MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media
Tananarive Due, MA, is the American Book Award-winning and NAACP Image Award-winning author of novels, screenplays and a civil rights memoir. She grew up in Miami, where she was a reporter for the Miami Herald, but she has also lived in the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Southern California. Due is best known for supernatural suspense and mysteries, and she has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award. Novels in her African Immortals series include My Soul to Take (2011), Blood Colony (June 2008), The Living Blood (2001), and My Soul to Keep (1997). Her novella “Ghost Summer” is included in the collection The Ancestors collection, a January ’09 Essence Book Club pick. Her short fiction has been included in several anthologies, including Gumbo, Dark Dreams, Best Black Women’s Erotica and the Year’s Best Science Fiction.
Due also collaborates with her husband, Steven Barnes. They published their first mystery, Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (2007), in collaboration with actor Blair Underwood. The series continued with In the Night of the Heat (2008), which won an NAACP Image Award. Due and Barnes sold their screenplay adaptation of her novel The Good House to Fox Searchlight.
Due also co-authored a memoir with her mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephen, Due Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. (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’s third mystery collaboration, From Cape Town with Love, was published in May 2010.
Due holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds, England. Due lives in Southern California with Barnes; their son, Jason; and her stepdaughter, Nicki.