Afaa Michael Weaver (born Michael S. Weaver) is the author of nine collections of poetry, several plays, and some short fiction. His first book of poetry, Water Song, was published in 1985 as part of the Callaloo series. Since Water Song, Weaver has published eight more collections of poetry, including Multitudes, Sandy Point, and The Ten Lights of God, all of which appeared in 2000. His full length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia under a small-Equity contract. His short fiction appears in Gloria Naylor's Children of the Night and in Maria Gillan's Identity Lessons: Seasonal Fruits He has received NEA, Pew, and Pennsylvania Arts Council fellowships. In 2002 he taught at National Taiwan University as a Fulbright fellow. In playwriting Afaa has received the PDI Award from ETA Theater in Chicago. In April 2005 in Beijing he received a gold friendship medal from the Chinese Writers Association. He teaches at Simmons College where he is also director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center and chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference. Tess Onwueme, the Nigerian playwright, gave him the Ibo name “Afaa,” meaning “oracle.”

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