Evan Guilford-Blake writes plays, prose and poetry for adults and children. His plays have been performed internationally and won 43 playwriting competitions including The Eamon Keane award, Ireland’s most prestigious prize; and the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival contest, for The Night Café and Tio’s Blues. He is the only playwright to have two plays so honored. Thirty-one of his scripts are published. Many may be viewed at the New Play Exchange.
His published prose includes the award-winning short story collection American Blues; the novels Animation and the forthcoming comic mystery Noir(ish) (adapted from his award-winning play), for adults; and The Bluebird Prince for middle-grade students (and their parents). All are available from Amazon and other e-retailers. His work has also appeared in roughly 70 journals and anthologies, and on several podcasts, winning 24 awards.
Evan has also taught playwriting and fiction at several venues, including Chicago Dramatists, where he is Distinguished Resident Playwright Emeritus. He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna, a healthcare writer and jewelry designer, live in the Atlanta area with Winnie Words, a dainty little sort-of Westeke terrier, and Baldrick, the newest member of their family, a big ol' whippet/lab mix.
Chicago Dramaworks is a play publishing and licensing company focused on works developed in Chicago and by Chicago-area playwrights. Popular titles include Action Philosophers! by Crystal Skillman, My Kind of Town by John Conroy, and Kate and Sam are Not Breaking Up by Joel Kim Booster. Most recently, the company published Free Radicals by Brenda Kilianski. For more information on Chicago Dramaworks and all of our titles, please visit www.ChicagoDramaworks.com.
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