Дэррил Пинкни

Darryl Pinckney

Playwright, novelist, essayist, literary critic

Born in 1953, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attended local public schools. Was educated at Columbia University in New York City.

Some of his first professional works were theatre texts, plays developed in collaboration with director Robert Wilson. These included the produced works of The Forest (1988) and Orlando (1989).

His first novel is High Cotton (1992), a semi-autobiographical novel about «growing up black and bourgeois» in 1960s America. 

He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, Granta, Slate, and The Nation. He frequently explores issues of racial and sexual identities, as expressed in literature.

He returned to theatre with Time Rocker (1995).

Has published two collections of essays on African-American literature. He has expressed his admiration for the writing of the long-running American CBS soap opera, As the World Turns.