Andrea Hairston (born 1952) is an African-American science fiction and fantasy playwright and novelist. Her novel Redwood and Wildfire won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for 2011. Mindscape, Hairston's first novel, won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Hairston was one of the Guests of Honor at the science fiction convention Wiscon in May 2012.
She is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for more than a decade. Hairston is also the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College. She teaches playwriting, African, African American, and Caribbean theatre literature. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on public radio and television. In addition, Hairston has translated plays by Michael Ende and Kaca Celan from German to English.
Hairston was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where as a teenager she did community organizing work with union, civil rights and antiwar activism. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.Mindscape (Aqueduct Press, 2006)
Redwood and Wildfire (Aqueduct Press, February 2011)
Will Do Magic for Small Change (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (Wesleyan University Press, 2006)
Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles
The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 4
The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 1
The International Review of Science Fiction
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future
Dark Matter, Reading The Bones
Exploding in Slow Motion
Hummingbird Flying Backward
Archangels of Funk
2011 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Redwood and Wildfire
International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award for distinguished contributions to the scholarship and criticism of the fantastic, 2011
2006 Carl Brandon Parallax Award for Mindscape, 2010
Launch Pad—Fellow at NASA-funded Writer’s Workshop, August 2008
Guest of Honor, Diversicon Science Fiction Convention, Minneapolis, MN, August 2007
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Finalist for Mindscape, 2006
Philip K. Dick Award Finalist for Mindscape, 2007
Older Writers Grant, Speculative Literature Foundation for Exploding in Slow Motion excerpt, 2004.
NEA Grant to Playwrights, a Ford Foundation grant to collaborate with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop, and a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting.