Local poet and playwright Conley wins grant

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Tameka Cage Conley, a local poet and playwright, is the winner of a $13,000 annual grant from the Eben Demarest Trust, a fund managed by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Ms. Conley's poems have appeared in Fledgling Rag, Chapter & Verse and Callaloo. Her first play, "Testimony," was produced at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown. Subsequent plays by the author have been staged in Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia.

A native of Louisiana, the poet and playwright has taught writing at Bucknell University, Duquesne University, Chatham University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

In 1939, Elizabeth B. Demarest established the Eben Demarest Trust in honor of her father and as an expression of their shared interest in the arts and world cultures. Demarest taught a history course at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. Each year, the trust awards one grant of $13,000 to an artist or archaeologist to support creative and intellectual independence.

Marylynne Pitz: mpitz@ post-gazette.com or 412-263-1648.

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