“The play was funny, poignant, and emotional. It is extremely well-written and you definitely hear Khadijah telling her own very personal story as a mom and creative woman through the dialogue. The songs were great and the actors/singers were all amazing, across the board. I can definitely see this small community production growing and going above and beyond what anybody in the audience could realize. I am so glad I was able to attend such an awesome performance.” CaShawn Thompson on Khadijah’s play Running: AMOK on her blog Dirty, Pretty Thangs
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a journalist, playwright, poet and performance artist.
As a journalist, her bylines have appeared in print and digital spaces including SoulTrain.com, The Washington Informer, East of the River magazine, and other publications.
As a playwright, she has written numerous plays and produced several of which have appeared in the Capital Fringe Fest and college campuses and theaters nationally.
As a poet, she has contributed to and edited two literary anthologies-- Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012). Her chapbook Revisionist Tale (Liberated Muse Publications, 2011) was released in limited edition, with an intended re-release in 2013. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in other anthologies and online poetry journals.
As a performance artist, she has appeared on the television show Showtime at the Apollo (after winning Amateur Night on Wednesday at the Apollo Theatre in NY) and appeared at numerous festivals as both a solo artist and briefly as a member of the theater group The Saartjie Project.
In addition to her work as a creative, she is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group which has produced quality cultural arts programming since 2008. Landmark productions include The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, seasons of the play Running: AMOK and the touring theatrical musical In Her Words. She was named one of Prince George’s County, Maryland’s 2012 Top Forty UNDER 40 in the Arts & Humanities by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund and the 2012 Artist of Distinction by Womanifesting, Inc.
Khadijah is an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Studies and Theatre departments at Northern Virginia Community College and Prince George’s County Community College.
We were all greatly impressed by your play and its insights into the
lives and social influence of the remarkable Black women depicted in
In Her Words.
Thank you again for your visit to the Peace Corps. We were honored to
have such a fascinating playwright join us during National African
American History Month.
-Aaron Williams, Director of The United States Peace Corps (2012)
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