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Carol Thomas is a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma (the setting
for some of her fictional works). When she was 10 years old, Joyce
and her family moved to the rural area of Tracy, California.
graduate of Stanford University, fluent in Spanish and French,
Joyce has traveled to Australia, China, Ecuador, Guam, Italy,
Mexico, New Zealand, and Nigeria. She has taught from grade school
to the university level, and the University of California at Santa
Cruz and Purdue University are on her teaching resume. Her last
teaching appointment was as Full Professor in the English Department
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she taught Creative
Writing courses in poetry, drama, and fiction.
book titles include the Coretta Scott King Award winning Brown
Honey in Broomwheat Tea; the bestseller, Linda Brown,
You Are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision;
Hush Songs: African-American Lullabies; I Have Heard
of a Land; Crowning Glory; the National Book Award
winner Marked by Fire, and the Oklahoma Book Award winner
The Gospel Cinderella. In 2009, she won a Coretta Scott
King honor for writing The Blacker the Berry, which Floyd
Cooper also won the Coretta Scott King award for illustrating.
more than 35 books have earned her many fans and numerous awards:
the National Book Award, the American Book Award, three Coretta
Scott King Honors, two Governor's Awards, three American Library
Association Awards, the International Reading Association Award,
an Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award, and many others.
a musical adapted from Joyce's National Book Award-winning novel,
Marked by Fire,
has also received much acclaim. When a poll was taken, it was
discovered that this show is the most requested new work in North
Shore Music Theatre history. "Audiences loved it so much,
they've been asking for it ever since," said . . . Michael
P. Price [executive director of Goodspeed Opera House who co-produced
the play]. "With a timeless story and such glorious music,
this is an important show for us to revisit and finally produce
on the mainstage." Variety
is only one of Joyce's books that have been adapted into a play.
Others include A Mother's Heart, A Daughter's Love and
Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone. Joyce has been writing
songs, poetry, short stories, novels, and anthologies for all
ages for decades. From the National Book Award to state book awards,
she continues to garner honors from teachers, librarians, and
parents for her novels, anthologies, and new books.
now lives in Berkeley, California, where she continues to write