YOUNGBLOOD, Shay. American, b. 1959. Genres: Plays/Screenplays, Novellas/Short stories, Novels. Career: Novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. WETV, Atlanta, public information assistant; Peace Corps, Dominican Republic, agriculture information officer; Syracuse Community Writer's Project, instructor in creative writing; Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution for Women, instructor in playwrighting; Brown University, instructor in playwrighting; New School for Social Research, NYC, instructor in creative writing. Publications: Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery (play), 1988; The Big Mama Stories (stories), 1989; Communism Killed My Dog (play), 1991; Talking Bones (play), 1992; Square Blues (play), 1992; Black Power Barbie in Hotel de Dream (play), 1992; Amazing Grace (play), 1995; Soul Kiss (novel), 1997. Writer, producer, and director of two short videos. Address: c/o Riverhead Books, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, U.S.A.