Attica Locke

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Attica Locke
Author Attica Locke
Author Attica Locke
Born1974 (age 46–47)
Houston, Texas, United States
GenreFiction, television, film

Attica Locke (born 1974 in Houston, Texas) is an American fiction author and writer/producer for television and film.


A graduate of Northwestern University, Locke was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmakers Lab in 1999, studying screenwriting and directing.[1][2] She has written scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, 20th Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and DreamWorks. She was a writer and producer on the Fox drama Empire.[3] Most recently, she was a writer and producer on Netflix’s When They See Us and the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere.[4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

A native of Houston, Texas, Locke lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter. Actress Tembi Locke is her older sister. [7]

She is member of the Writers Guild of America, West.



2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary ExcellenceThe Cutting Season, (award sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; established in 2007 to honor Ernest Gaines' legacy)

2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, 2016 – Pleasantville – the award is sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal.

2018 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel of the Year – Bluebird, Bluebird

2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel – Bluebird, Bluebird

2018 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger AwardBluebird, Bluebird

2020 Staunch Book PrizeHeaven, My Home[9]


For Bluebird Bluebird:

For Pleasantville:

For The Cutting Season:

For Black Water Rising:


  1. ^ Lopez, Steve (July 19, 1999). "Sundance Summer". Time.
  2. ^ Weems, Wend, "Attica Locke on Murder and Race in East Texas", Publishers Weekly, July 7, 2017.
  3. ^ , Netflix’s “When They See Us” and Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere”"About", Attica Locke website.
  4. ^ Sikka, Madhulika. "Attica Locke left Hollywood to write novels. Now she's found success in both worlds". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  5. ^ Jefferson, Nathan. "Justice and Forgiveness: On Attica Locke's "Heaven, My Home" - LARB". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  6. ^ Alford, Henry (2018-11-22). "When Novelists Turned to TV: Everyone Was Suddenly Using 'Reveal' as a Noun". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  7. ^ "Attica and Tembi Locke on Texas Memories, Dealing With Writer's Block, and the Joy of Luby's". Texas Monthly. 2019-10-21. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  8. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (2019-12-05). "The Best Crime Novels of the Year". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  9. ^ "2020 Shortlist". Staunch Book Prize. Retrieved 2020-11-26.
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