Author Profile

Natasha Tarpley

Natasha Tarpley

Natasha Tarpley is the author of several acclaimed books for children and adults including, the classic picture book, I Love My Hair!, the middle grade novels, The Harlem Charade, and The Geek Goddesses: Selma Takes The Stage (Book 1 of a series), and the family memoir, Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion. Ms. Tarpley is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, among others. She is a former reporter for Fortune magazine, with a law degree from Northwestern University (Pritzker) School of Law. In addition, Ms. Tarpley worked for many years in nonprofit sector as the Director of Publishing for Chicago-based nonprofit, Young Chicago Authors, where she also taught and mentored teen writers. She is the Co-Founder, along with her mother, Marlene Tarpley, of Voonderbar! Media, a multicultural children’s media project with a mission to diversify and expand depictions of children of color in literature and other media. Natasha is a runner (very slow), who runs marathons (again, very slowly). She resides with her husband in the Historic Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s far South Side.



For more about Natasha and her works, go to http://natashatarpleywrites.com/