For over three decades, Robert Earl Price has amassed writing credits in fiction, drama and poetry. His imaginative work has drawn praise for its lyric attention to the ‘mutual truths’ mined from human interaction. His many awards include The Theater Communications Group/NEA Playwright’s Residency, The American Film Institute’s William Wyler award for screenwriting, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Cultural Olympics commission for theater. Currently REP is artist in residence in the drama department at Washington College as well as coordinator for the annual Kent County Poetry Festival.
Bloodlines, Blood Elegy, Blues Blood and Wise Blood are the titles of his four volumes of poetry. His poems have appeared in scores of journals and magazines including most currently Drum Voices Revue and The Chattahoochee Review. He has performed hundreds of readings in places as diverse as Berlin, Havana and Johannesburg and is also an ‘old school’ denizen of the open mike and poetry slam scene. Price is the recipient of a Broadside Press Award, a Bronze Jubilee Award, and dozens of other prizes and notices for his poetry.
As playwright in residence at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta his recent plays, Hush: Composing Blind Tom Wiggins and View Finder have premiered to wide ranging acclaim. On the international stage, Robert Earl Price’s play Blue Monk was recently produced in Johannesburg, becoming one of five plays nominated for the National Theater Award in South Africa. The Berlin production at Theater Am Winterfeldtplatz of Yardbird’s Vamp, an amusing and macabre look at the life and art of Charlie Parker, closed to SRO audiences. Nine professionally produced plays include: an adaptation of Claude Brown’s Man Child in the Promised Land and a ritual play, Black Cat Bones For Seven Sons.
Robert Earl Price is a graduate of the American Film Institute, a protégée of the Oscar winning film director Jan Kadar and Pulitzer/Emmy winner Alex Haley. He was the script consultant for the Peabody Award winning production of The Boy King, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s youth and a principal writer on the CBS/Alex Haley series Palmer’s Town U.S.A.
- B.A., Clark College
- M.A., American Film Institute