PENNY MICKELBURY is the author of three successful mystery series and an award-winning playwright. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, was a writer in residence at Hedgebrook Women Writers Retreat, and is a recipient of the Audre Lorde Estate Grant. In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Pen Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Black Writers Alliance, and the Prix du Roman d’Adventures from Les Éditions du Masque. In 2017, she was commissioned by the Jo Howarth Noonan Foundation for the Performing Arts to write a ten-minute play in celebration of “women of a certain age”.

Prior to focusing on literary pursuits, Penny was a pioneering newspaper, radio and television reporter, based primarily in Washington, D.C., wrote journalistic non-fiction, and was a frequent contributor to such publications as Black Issues Book, and the Washington Blade.

Mickelbury and her partner of 18 years live between Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Select Bibliography


Belle City, 2014  •  That Part of My Face: Short Stories, 2016

Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery Series

Keeping Secrets, 1994  •  Nights Songs, 1995  •  Love Notes, 2002  •  Darkness Descending, 2005  •  Death’s Echos (Coming in 2017)

Carol Ann Gibson Mystery Series

One Must Wait, 1998  •  Where to Choose, 1999  •  The Step Between, 2000  •  Paradise Interrupted, 2001

Phil Rodriguez Mystery Series

Two Graves Dug, 2005  •  A Murder Too Close, 2008


The Mysterious Naiad: Love Stories by Naiad Press Authors, ed. Katherine V. Forrest, 1994    Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery and Suspense Fiction, ed. Paula L. Woods, 1995    Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors, ed. Eleanor Taylor Bland, 2004

 Selected Plays

 Time Out (produced 1989)  •  Waiting for Gabriel (produced 1991, re-staged 2000)    Warm Robes of Remembrance, 1993    Hush Now (produced 2000)


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