Tananarive Due is an acclaimed and proficient author widely recognized for her profound influence in the Afrofuturism and horror genre. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Due is a family's legacy, with her parents being civil rights activists. This embedded a unique perspective in her approach to writing, compiling her deep evocative characters and thrilling narratives with societal themes, particularly the African-American experience.
During her early years, Due attended Northwestern University where she pursued a significant Bachelor's degree in Journalism, then a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, England. These educational opportunities fostered her literary prowess, leading her writing journey to produce several novels, short stories, and essays that won numerous awards and accolades. Notably, her book "The Living Blood" won the American Book Award and her short film "Danger Word" was selected for 20 film festivals.
Known for her mastery of suspense, Due has also served as an executive producer on a horror anthology series and nurtured new talent in her capacity as a creative writing lecturer at UCLA. Throughout her career, Tananarive Due's work has proven a force in reshaping and redefining the genre boundaries, making her a powerful icon in contemporary American literature.