"Writers don't write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don't. ...If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy." - Nikki Giovanni
TASH HAWTHORNE has always believed that no writer should be limited to one facet of the scribe. To her literary audiences, she is known for her critically acclaimed contemporary novels, Karma: With a Vengeance, Karma 2: For the Love of Money and Karma 3: Beast of Burden; the former for which she won Black Pearl Magazine’s “Best New Author” award. To her theater audiences, she is known for her stage plays, Mourning Glory, Out of Sight Out of Mind, Remember My Mother, Whore’s Milk and Syncopation.
This Orange, New Jersey native and Hampton University Theatre graduate continuously sets high expectations for herself and strongly believes in conquering the “impossible.” She often laments on a simple, yet valuable, idiom shared by her grandmother, “The race is not given to the swift and the speedy, but to the one who endures to the end” and it is Hawthorne’s belief that it is up to the individual to learn, embrace and carry lessons taught from such a race.
Throughout her career she has had the honor of working alongside legendary artists such as NAACP and AUDELCO award-winning actress, Marie Thomas, Negro Ensemble Company artistic director and alum, the late Charles Weldon and the late Tony-nominated playwright, Leslie Lee.
As a way to pass along her wealth of knowledge and experience, Hawthorne is presently walking the academia path where she is able to cultivate the minds of the next generation of artistic innovators. She currently serves as the Dramatic Arts Director and Advisor at Plainfield High School in New Jersey.
Most Recent Book Title
Karma 3: Beast of Burden
Sixteen years have passed since we last visited Karma Alonso-Walker. After Money’s conviction for attempted murder of their son, Karma turned back to her first love of track and field. Newfound fame, fortune and love has given her a fresh outlook on life, but no matter how hard she tries to forget the past, it always finds a way to remind her of her indiscretions. And when Money is released from prison, Karma’s world is turned upside down once again, forcing her to come face to face with the beast that has burdened her for more than half a decade.
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