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Ann E. Eskridge holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in Telecommunications from Michigan State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University in Kentucky.
She developed a passion for African American history and culture. This led her to explore subjects like the Underground Railroad, all-black towns in Oklahoma, New Orleans' free people of color, and the Gullah community on the Sea Islands.
Her writing on the Underground Railroad include the non-fiction middle-school book: Slave Uprisings and Runaways: Fighting for Freedom and the Underground Railroad, published by Enslow Press for a series on African American slavery; American Profile Magazine "The Light of Freedom: Uncovering the Underground Railroad", January 27, 2002; American Visions Magazine, "The Underground Railroad" February/March 1999. And now her fictional Young Adult book, The Raven, which was recently published.
She has written freelance articles for magazines and newspapers. She also writes for stage and screen. One script became a PBS Wonderworks movie, Brother Future, which won several awards.
Her book and play, The Sanctuary, Cobblehill, 1994, was optioned by Producer Bill Blinn (Fame), and Sundance. Two monologues from the play are included in Childsplay; an anthology of children's play monologues. The Sanctuary was also the basis for a children's grief and bereavement program at Detroit's Children's Center, funded by the National Funeral Directors Association. It is also now on audio CD.
She teaches at the University of Detroit Mercy as well as Wayne County Community College. She is also involved with the Extra Mile Playwrights, a metro Detroit playwriting group.
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