“We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. If they do, it is our duty as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children. If necessary, bone by bone.”–Alice Walker, author, 1976.
Bethsheba McGruder, always having the passion to write, but rarely the time, Bethsheba enrolled in a fiction writing class at Columbia College Chicago after closing her bookstore. She completed a J-Term class in Reading and Writing, which positioned her in the rich artistic sanctuary of New Orleans, Louisiana. Bethsheba was acknowledged as a featured writer for Columbia College at the Chicago Writer’s Luncheon for her literary work in the Crescent City. In addition to her studies at Columbia, she was accepted into the University of Iowa’s summer fiction writing course, taught by Pulitzer Prize winner James Alan McPherson.
Bethsheba’s body of work reaches audiences well beyond the Chicago area. Listed among her credits are recorded interviews with the Story Corps, in partnership with the June 2007 African American Women Evolving: Griot Initiative. They are archived at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress and “The Kitchen”- Miles Davis @ The Sutherland Hotel, Tidal Basin Review Summer 2011.
Writer and Literacy Advocate, she is the 2010 winner of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright award for college writers for her novel excerpt, “1950”.
She was born and raised in Chicago, and now resides in Fort Worth, TX., with her two children.