Penny Mickelbury

Penny MickelburyPenny Mickelbury is the author of ten mystery novels in three successful series: The Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries, the Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mysteries, and the Philip Rodriguez Mysteries. Mickelbury is also an accomplished playwright. Her work was chosen by the California African-American Museum as part of its Radio Theater program, as part of the Fountain Theater’s New Works festival, and the TriBeCa Film Studio’s Staged Reading Series. Her play “Waiting for Gabriel” was the second place winner in the 2005-2006 Theodore Ward Competition, and her play “Hush Now” was part of the Fountain Theater’s 2006 New Works series. She also was the co-founder of Alchemy: Theater of Change, a young people’s acting company in New York City.

Mickelbury was a pioneering newspaper, radio and television reporter, based primarily in Washington, D.C., an experience which provided the basis for her richly drawn characters and their myriad experiences. She continues to write journalistic non-fiction and is a frequent contributor to such publications as Black Issues Book Review,, and the Washington Blade. She taught journalism at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a charter middle school, and was an Adult Literacy Coordinator with the Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program.  Mickelbury recently returned to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a fifth generation Georgian.

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