Melda Beaty

Melda Beaty

Author, playwright, college English professor, and writing consultant, Melda Beaty is the “one to watch,” in her industry. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Melda resides in Chicago, Illinois with her three gifted and beautiful daughters.

Melda is a passionate author/editor of a diverse and cathartic compilation of non-fiction writings by black women from across the United States. My Soul to His...
Author, playwright, college English professor, and writing consultant, Melda Beaty is the “one to watch,” in her industry. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Melda resides in Chicago, Illinois with her three gifted and beautiful daughters.

Melda is a passionate author/editor of a diverse and cathartic compilation of non-fiction writings by black women from across the United States. My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award. Her debut novel, Lime, is being hailed as “America’s Next Top Model” meets “Burning Bed.” She's also published articles on minority student recruitment and retention in Black Issues in Higher Education, Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, In Search of Fatherhood Forum and Proud Parent Journal. Her first play, Front Porch Society, delves into the complex and connected lives of four elderly black women in rural Mississippi Delta on the eve of the 2008 presidential election. What does the election of the country’s first black president mean to women who have lived through segregation, civil rights, and the senseless killings of black boys? The play enjoyed a world premiere at The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, TX May 11-June 4, 2017 to rave reviews (http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/review-front-porch-at-the-ensemble-theatre-houston-press-9443241). Her second play, Coconut Cake was accepted into the New Works Reader's Series at 2017 NBTF (National Black Theatre Festival) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Melda earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in English/Writing at Illinois State University. She is a tenured professor at Olive-Harvey College. Her business, MeldaCreates, Inc. provides creative writing and writing consulting services. In her spare time, Melda enjoys cardio and strength training, bike riding, live theater, concerts, reading, and listening to NPR.

Plays

  • Coconut Cake
    For some, there’s nothing better than retirement, but when Eddie Lee’s wife, Iris, joins him in retirement, the truth about his “ladies’ man” ways resurface. To avoid her, Eddie retreats to the sanctuary of McDonald’s where coffee refills are free and the rest of his retired friends, with marital problems of their own, wait faithfully for him. When a mystery woman moves in the abandoned house down the street,...
    For some, there’s nothing better than retirement, but when Eddie Lee’s wife, Iris, joins him in retirement, the truth about his “ladies’ man” ways resurface. To avoid her, Eddie retreats to the sanctuary of McDonald’s where coffee refills are free and the rest of his retired friends, with marital problems of their own, wait faithfully for him. When a mystery woman moves in the abandoned house down the street, with her Creole’ wiles, medicine cabinet secrets and melt in your mouth coconut cake, Eddie is not the only one who pays her a visit; a visit that threatens to change all their lives forever.
  • Front Porch Society
    November 4, 2008; Marks, Mississippi. America is on the eve of electing its first black president. Amidst the town’s excitement over Barack Obama, Carrie Honey grieves her son’s tragic death. After years of failed attempts to seek justice, Carrie has grown bitter and is no longer interested in life’s celebrations, but when a scandal in town rocks this historic day, a past secret is revealed that restores her faded faith.