Mari Evans’s poetry collections include Nightstar and I Am a Black Woman. The editor of Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, she is also the author of the plays Eye, an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and River of My Song. Her honors include fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Hay Whitney Fellowship. She lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. She died on March 10, 2017.