Hattie Gossett

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Hattie Gossett is an African-American feminist playwright, poet, and magazine editor.[1] Her work focuses on bolstering the self-esteem of young black women.[2]

Gossett gained a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University in 1993, where she was a Yip Harburg Fellow.[1] She was a David Randolph Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at The New School in 2001.[3]

Gossett was "involved in the planning stages" of Essence.[4] She was also an early participant in the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press collective founded by Audre Lorde and Barbara Smith.[5]

Her poem "between a rock and a hard place" is incorporated into the dance work Shelter by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, as performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater beginning in 1995.[6] She contributed a slave narrative style reading to the Andrea E. Woods dance Rememorabilia, Scraps From Out a Tin Can, Everybody Has Some.[7]

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