Chinaka Hodge is a poet and playwright. Originally from Oakland, California, she was named Best Poet by the East Bay Express in 2008. She was the inaugural recipient of Dave Eggers’ 826Valencia young author scholarship. Chinaka graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174th Commencement exercise.
Her most recent book, For Girls With Hips, released in May 2006, is in its third publication. Chinaka was a member of the U.S. Artist Delegation to the World Social Forum in Narobi, Kenya in early 2007.
She received co-writing credit for Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Scourge, sponsored, in part, by the Creative Work Fund, which opened in May 2005, in San Francisco. She was the assistant director of Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Plays, 365 Days, at its San Francisco debut in November 2006. She also co-wrote The One Drop Rule: A War Piece, which debuted in Fall 2008. Her first independently written play, Mirrors in Every Corner, commissioned by SF’s Intersection for the Arts will open in spring of 2010.
Her work has been featured in Teen People Magazine, Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune, Scholastic Magazine, Current Magazine, The Annual Women of Color Film Festival, PBS, NPR, KMEL, WBAR, WKCR, CNN, C-Span, KPFA and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.
Past Performance venues include:
Nuyorican Poets Café, NYC
Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
Apollo Theatre, Harlem NYC
The Culture Project, NYC
Symphony Space, NYC
The Supper Club, NYC
Aaron Davis Hall, NYC
Pratt University, Brooklyn
Columbia University, NYC
Black Box Theatre, Oakland
La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, Ca
Oberlin Dance Company Theatre, San Francisco
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.