Marcus Gardley
Poet & Playwright
New York, NY
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the James Baldwin Estate.

Poet and playwright Marcus Gardley says that he writes “epic plays.” His works have included the story of an African American transvestite during the Civil War and a trilogy about a tribe of half-Black, half-Native American people who incorporated the first all-Black town in the U.S. His play every tongue confess (2010) was nominated for both the Steinberg New Play Award and the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play and received the Edgerton New Play Award. Gardley is a Visiting Lecturer at Brown University.

Portrait photo courtesy Brianne Richards.

  • And Jesus moonwalks the Mississippi, 2011; photo credit Nakissa Etemad