5 Burning Questions with Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is one of our featured writers at our December 10th reading. Check out our interview with her below.

What is your first memory of writing for fun?

My first memory of writing is when I was about six and writing lyrics for a song called “My Sweet Lover”. A fan of Rick James, I made sure it was pretty funky.

How many drafts = done?

I don’t understand this question.

What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

Not sure if I have a favorite book. I love so many books. I am tremendously inspired by the book Makeda by Randall Robinson. It is such an exquisite work of art. It is in the same category of work as some of the luminaries who I consider literary royalty—Toni Morrison being the Queen Mother above everyone. Her books Beloved and Song of Solomon have been life changing.

What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

I love writing. Lately, writing plays has pre-occupied the majority of my writing practice. I love the act of telling stories, crafting character profiles and determining endings. Dare I say it? The endings are my favorite part of the process, and I always start on them first.

What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

I love the word “zephyr”. The singer Teena Marie always seemed to find a way to use it in several of her songs. It always triggers a feeling of airiness and weightlessness.

Bonus question: what fictional wedding would you most want to attend, if any? This can be one you read about in a book, saw in a movie, or one you think would be really rad (like if Godzilla married King Kong, but something more creative than that).

I can’t think of one.


Khadijah is a producing playwright and performance artist.  She is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group and moonlights as singer/songwriter Khadijah Moon.  She was selected as an inaugural Quadrant Playwright by Theater Alliance in 2019. She coaches other creatives, helping them birth their creativity through her brand The Creative Midwife.

She is a recipient of a 2015 Maryland Arts State Arts Council Individual Artist award and is a 2012 Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund Forty Under 40 awardee in the Arts & Humanities. 

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