Shay Youngblood is an Atlanta based writer, visual artist, and educator. She is the author of several novels including Black Girl in Paris, collections of short stories and numerous essays. Her published plays include Shaking the Mess Out of Misery and Amazing Grace (a stage adaptation of the Mary Hoffman picture book), have been widely produced and her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. In 2021 she was appointed Commissioner to the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission and serves as a board member of Yaddo artists’ community. Her current projects include illustrated children’s books, a superhero graphic novel collaboration, an environmental fable and The Architecture of Soul Sound a multi-media performance work about architecture, memory and the environment inspired by research in Japan, China and the U.S.