Nubia Kai

Nubia Kai (aka Nubia Kai Al-Nura Salaam) received a B.A. degree from Wayne State University in Anthropology and Black Studies, a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in African Languages and Literature, and a Ph.D. in African Literature and Film at Howard University. A poet, playwright, storyteller, and novelist, Ms. Kai has won numerous awards for her writing, including three Michigan Council for the Arts Awards, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and the Larry Neal Writer’s Competition for Poetry.

Ms. Kai has been published in Black Scholar, Black World, Essence Magazine, Black American Literature Forum, Quilt, Catalyst, Solid GroundCity Arts Quarterly, Obsidian, Black Books  Bulletin, Moving Out, Journal of Black Poetry, Left Curve, Journal of African Literature Association, Black Camera, Journal of African American History, and several other journals and anthologies. She has published two collections of poetry, Peace of Mind (1975) and Solos (1988); a collection of short stories, The Sweetest Berry on the Bush (1993); and a scholarly text, Kuma Malinke Historiography: Sundiata Keita to Almamy Samori Toure (2014). Her plays have been produced at the New Federal Theater, Penumbra Theater, ETA Theater, and Tafari Jirani Theater. 

She has taught in the History Department at George Washington University and was an assistant professor in Howard University’s Department of Theater Arts. She was also an adjunct professor in University of Maryland-Baltimore’s Africana Studies Department.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightParting 1983-84 Season