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Penny Mickelbury was a pioneering newspaper, radio and television journalist based primarily in Washington, D.C. She taught journalism at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a charter middle school, and was a Coordinator with the Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program. Mickelbury was a resident writer at Hedgebrook Women Writers Retreat, and is a recipient of the Audre Lorde Estate Grant. She was a co-founder of Alchemy: Theatre of Change, a young people's’ acting company in New York City.

Her new collection, God’s Will and Other Lies, will join her catalog of ten published mystery novels in three successful series: The Carol Ann Gibson Mysteries (winner of a Gold Pen Award by the Black Writers Alliance,) The Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mysteries (two-time Lambda Literary Award finalists), and the Phil Rodriquez Mysteries.

Also an accomplished playwright, Mickelbury’s play The Black Family Robinson was one of three plays that inaugurated the Inglewood/Willie Agee Playhouse (Los Angeles) Staged Reading Series in 2016 and last year she was the recipient of an Ethel Woolson Lab, a competitive honor, for her play Hush Now, which received a staged reading at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Black Box. Hush Now also received a staged reading as part of the Fountain Theatre’s (Los Angeles) New Works festival. Her play Waiting for Gabriel was the second place winner in the Theodore Ward Competition and was part of the TriBeCa Film Studio’s (New York) Staged Reading Series.

She lives in Los Angeles with her partner of 18 years. 

God’s Will and Other Lies is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2019.

Penny Mickelbury

In this stunning departure from her mystery writing, Penny Mickelbury’s collection of stories God’s Will and Other Lies, attends to the lives of Black women, mostly aging and elderly, but all determined to face life with strength and grace.

A nearly blind woman is determined to venture out into the world alone, and must face the consequences of her travels. A woman estranged from her community ponders the meaning of hearsay and its devastating consequences. A middle-aged woman leaves the danger of the city only to find it lurking in her own backyard. And in the novella, “Into the Fire,” Mickelbury follows the life of a southern family as they strive for success amidst the violence and uncertainty of 1960s Detroit.

In beautiful and exacting prose, Mickelbury gives voice to an often-overlooked coterie of women in this superb collection of fiction.
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Coming March 26, 2019