Andrea Hairston

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Andrea Hairston
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OccupationPlaywright, novelist, theatre professor, director, performer
EducationSmith College, Brown University
Period1979 - present
GenreScience fiction, fantasy

Andrea Hairston (born 1952) is an African-American science fiction and fantasy playwright and novelist.[1] Her novel Redwood and Wildfire won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for 2011.[2] Mindscape, Hairston's first novel, won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.[3] Hairston was one of the Guests of Honor at the science fiction convention Wiscon in May 2012.

She is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for more than a decade. Hairston is also the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College.[4] She teaches playwriting, African, African American, and Caribbean theatre literature. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on public radio and television. In addition, Hairston has translated plays by Michael Ende and Kaca Celan from German to English.[5]

Hairston was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where as a teenager she did community organizing work with union, civil rights and antiwar activism.[6] She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.



Anthologies and Essays[edit]

  • Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (Wesleyan University Press, 2006)
  • Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles
  • The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 4
  • The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 1
  • The International Review of Science Fiction
  • So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future
  • Dark Matter, Reading The Bones
  • Exploding in Slow Motion


  • Soul Repairs
  • Lonely Stardust
  • Hummingbird Flying Backward
  • Dispatches
  • Archangels of Funk


  • 2011 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Redwood and Wildfire[2][7]
  • International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award for distinguished contributions to the scholarship and criticism of the fantastic, 2011
  • 2006 Carl Brandon Parallax Award for Mindscape, 2010
  • Launch Pad—Fellow at NASA-funded Writer’s Workshop, August 2008
  • Guest of Honor, Diversicon Science Fiction Convention, Minneapolis, MN, August 2007
  • James Tiptree, Jr. Award Finalist for Mindscape, 2006
  • Philip K. Dick Award Finalist for Mindscape, 2007
  • Older Writers Grant, Speculative Literature Foundation for Exploding in Slow Motion excerpt, 2004.[8]
  • NEA Grant to Playwrights, a Ford Foundation grant to collaborate with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop, and a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting.[9]


  1. ^ "Nnedi Okorafor and Ishmael Reed, Meet Andrea Hairston". Village Voice. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b "2011 Tiptree Award Winner announced". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Arts Council. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  3. ^ "James Tiptree, Jr. Award 2006 Honor List". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Arts Council. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Smith College: Theater Faculty & Staff". Smith College. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
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  6. ^ "Documenting Lesbian Lives". Sophia Smith Collection. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Hairston Wins Tiptree". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  8. ^ "The Speculative Literature Foundation: Grants". Speculative Literature Foundation. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Staged Reading of Smith Professor Andrea Hairston's Latest Novel Redwood and Wildfire". Retrieved 28 May 2012.

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