About the Author

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a storyteller, wordsmith, barrio feminist and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They include Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and a soon-to-be major motion picture. Hudes founded Emancipated Stories which seeks to counter the invisibility created by mass incarceration by having inmates share one page of their story with the world. (Author photo by Jon Chu) www.quiara.com

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