LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Kia Corthron is a celebrated playwright who also gained notoriety as a writer for the award winning HBO series The Wire.
After years as a screenwriter and playwright, Corthron will introduce her debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, at the Griot Author Series on Sunday, August 29 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritiage.
The novel sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men—two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland—whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families.
On the eve of America’s entry into World War II, in a tiny Alabama town, two brothers come of age in the shadow of the local chapter of the Klan. Simultaneously in small-town Maryland, the sons of a Pullman Porter grow up navigating a world expanded both by a visit from civil and labor rights activist A. Philip Randolph and by the legacy of a lynched great-aunt. The four mature into men, directly confronting the fierce resistance to the early civil rights movement, and are all ultimately uprooted.
The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, Corthron came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning.
Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships.
Corthron’s most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the 2016 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women.
She has also received a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire.