Terry McMillan was a Writer in Residence in 2014.
Terry McMillan needs little introduction to the millions of readers who have enjoyed such bestselling novels as Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, both also adapted to film. Her eighth and most recent novel is Who Asked You?, a story about the burdens and blessings of family.
The oldest of five children, Terry helped her single mother raise her siblings before she left her childhood home in Port Huron, Michigan to move to the bright lights of Los Angeles. Terry took refuge in literature at her public library after getting a job there shelving books, encountering her first black writer in James Baldwin and his book Go Tell It on the Mountain. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in journalism and subsequently attended Columbia University, studying film and earning her M.A. While in New York, she took a creative writing workshop at the Harlem Writers Guild, which set her on the path that led to publication of her first novel.
Terry McMillan gets her groove during Aspen Writers’ Foundation residency
Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, September 18, 2014
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Aspen Daily News, Beth Slater, September 12, 2014
This post was written by Caroline Tory