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A small sampling of authors and works who have inspired Samora Pinderhughes and the development of The Transformations Suite.


The Cross of Redemption

By James Baldwin, 2011

This collection of work by Baldwin adds to the expanse of the literary icon. Essays and articles include his insightful placement of the Black church in America, anti-Semitism, the blues, and the prophetic trials of a future Black American president.

, said the shotgun to the head.

By Saul Williams, 2003

Written as a response to 9/11, this single poem heralds the coming of a female messiah and the gods in her trinity.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

By Anna Deavere Smith, 2014

Artist, author, and mentor to Pinderhughes, Anna Deavere Smith’s docu-drama examines the complex personal narratives of the 1992 LA riots. This script became the basis of her 1994 Tony-nominated verbatim theater piece.

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

By Audre Lorde, 1984

A collection of Lorde’s works that examine the power of poetry, the complex intersectional identities we bear, and feminism in the late 70s/early 80s.


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