The definition of Shana Turner’s womanhood came from the influence of her mother and her mother’s close friends; a mix of straight and gay, multi-racial, working-class, street-smart, radical feminist/womanist community activists. They were warm and rough women, who laughed loud, cussed often and taught Shana to challenge authority when it harmed people. Growing up in Boston’s inner city, she was also influenced by grassroots, hip hop activism and art. Shana’s vision is to weave drama and creative writing into spaces of popular education, healing and organizing. Although she will forever be a proud East Coast Girl, she left the frigid winters and breakneck pace of the north for the sunshine and kindness of the South. For the past six years, Shana has lived in New Orleans and is growing roots with her partner Nikki.
New Orleans, LA