I am an Old Woman


Available September 10, 2019 | Poetry | $14.95 | ISBN: 978-0-9988310-3-9

Over four decades since For Colored Girls…, we see Ntozake’s immense influence in the ownership of our stories, from the heroines of Shonda Rhimes, to Issa Rae’s Insecure, to the revelations of the #MeToo movement. Many of us have accepted her blessing—the challenge she presented for us to show ourselves as the flawed, complicated, yet complete creatures we are. Intuitively, she knew that the telling of those stories—our beautiful, diasporic, sometimes broken, often dark stories—held the key to freeing ourselves from any attendant shame.

Because with these fresh words, as with all of her dark phrases, Ntozake Shange remains as necessary as ever; a timelessly relevant presence that dares you to speak of her in past tense. Because her wisdom is eternal. So, too, is her love.

—From the introduction by Maiysha Kai, Managing Editor The Glowup

Photo: ©Adger Cowans 2015

Photo: ©Adger Cowans 2015

About the Author: 

Ntozake Shange, well-known for writing for Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and other plays, novels, and poems dealing with the problems of Black women, died recently at age 70. I Am An Old Woman is her last know work.