Rochelle Owens

is the author of twenty books of poetry, plays, and fiction, the most recent of which are Solitary Workwoman, (Junction Press, 2011), Journey to Purity, (Texture Press, 2009), and Plays by Rochelle Owens, (Broadway Play Publishing, 2000).  A pioneer in the experimental off – Broadway theatre movement and an internationally known poet, she has received Village Voice Obie awards and honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle.  Her plays have been presented worldwide and in festivals in Edinburgh, Avignon, Paris, and Berlin.  Her play Futz, which is considered a classic of the American avant – garde theatre, was produced by Ellen Stewart at LaMama, directed by Tom O’Horgan and performed by the LaMama Troupe in 1967, and was made into a film in 1969.  A French language production of Three Front was produced by France – Culture and broadcast on Radio France.  She has held fellowships from the NEA, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and numerous other foundations.  She has taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Oklahoma and held residencies at Brown and Southwestern Louisiana State.