Nancy Rawles

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Nancy Rawles

Nancy Rawles is an African American playwright, novelist, and teacher.


Nancy grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Journalism.

Nancy studied play writing in Chicago with Linda Walsh Jenkins and Steven Carter. She later studied with C. Bernard Jackson of Los Angeles (Inner City) Cultural Center and Valerie Curtis Newton of The Hansberry Project. She is a contributor to the Female Sexual Ethics Project at Brandeis University under the direction of Bernadette Brooten, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies.[1]




  • Love Like Gumbo. Fjord Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-940242-75-3.
  • Crawfish Dreams. Random House, Inc. 2003. ISBN 978-0-385-50418-8.
  • My Jim. Crown Publishers. 2005. ISBN 978-1-4000-5400-8.


  • Rawles, Nancy (July 10, 2005). "Chains of Madness". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2010.


In Nancy Rawles's third novel, the sad and gripping My Jim, Jim not only lives on as a character but shoulders the burden of inspiration. Thus Rawles's novel joins a now copious literary tradition of writers building their books on antecedent texts...[2]


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