Born and raised in North Carolina, Tyler Rivenbark received his MFA in Playwriting from the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY in 2010. Select plays include hands (The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn), This Woman Must Be My Wife (Gantry Plaza, Long Island City), Monosyllabic (Mellow Pages, Brooklyn), Silence (Dixon Place, NYC; Artists’ Bloc, Washington, DC), Inside the Rain (Dixon Place, NYC). He is a 2017 recipient of the CUNY Graduate Center Library Visual Display Award, and a 2016 finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. In 2014 he co-curated the site specific theatrical experiment Unstaged as part of the Rough Draft Festival (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center). In 2012 he was commissioned by the Poetry Society of America to adapt Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poems, Thomas and Beulah, for the stage. In 2009 he was a writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, a residency he now oversees. He is the co-founder of The Hammer & Pick Collective and the Queens Writers’ Collective. He is playwright-in-residence at Mission to Ditmars and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.