Green Festival Speakers

Chinaka Hodge



Chinaka Hodge is a poet, playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, CA, Chinaka graduated from NYU in 2006, and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Writing for Film and TV at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Chinaka was a member of the U.S. Artist Delegation to the World Social Forum in Narobi, Kenya. She was the Assistant Director of Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Plays, 365 Days, at its San Francisco debut. Her first independently written play, Mirrors in Every Corner, commissioned by SF’s Intersection for the Arts, is a 2010 Rockefeller MAP Fund grantee. Her work has been featured in Teen People Magazine, Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, Theater Bay Area Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Scholastic Magazine, Current Magazine, The Annual Women of Color Film Festival, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. Chinaka is the oldest of seven children, split between six parents and five households. In short, she’s a true product of blended-family, Northern California and the late 90s. She aspires, above all else, to be an outstanding great-grandmother.