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Imani Josey is a writer, dancer and fitness professional from Chicago, Illinois. After graduating Howard University, Imani received her Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern. Sometime during all of that studying, she danced professionally for the Chicago Bulls as a (Luvabulls) cheerleader, and won the titles of Miss Chicago and Miss Cook County for the Miss America Organization, as well as Miss Black Illinois USA.

Imani's one-act play Grace was produced by Pegasus Players Theatre Chicago after winning the 19th Annual Young Playwrights Festival in 2005.

Imani hasn't penned any plays since, turning her sights to fiction instead. She now spends the majority of her time working on back story and teaching Dance Fitness classes.

You'll probably catch her sending chapters to her beloved beta readers or choreographing new moves with her American bulldog Thor.

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"Grace" Reviews

"This year's winners, chosen from more than 600 submissions, are "Shattered Reflections" by Karina Hurtado, "Waking Up" by Nikhar Ahmed, "Grace" by Imani Josey and "Bowdlerism" by Jose Requena."

source: chicago sun-times       Date: 12/31/2004

"Written by Karina Hurtado (Schurz High School), Nikhar Ahmed (Northside College Preparatory School), Imani Josey and Jose Requena (Whitney Young Magnet High School), 2005's dramas depict, respectively, the struggle to overcome a rape and pursue a college career ("Shattered Reflections"), a teenage girl's struggle with leukemia ("Waking Up"), the choice between writing poetry and pursuing love ("Grace") and the competing voices that can confuse a novice writer ("Bowdlerism")."

source: chicago tribune       Date: 01/07/2005

"The four one-acts in Pegasus Players' 19th annual festival seem subtler and more sophisticated--less tin-eared and less prone to ham-fisted didacticism--than the scripts of festivals past. Imani Josey in Grace never gets preachy as she tells the story of a young woman who learns the dangers of swimming with the sharks. And Nikhar Ahmed in Waking Up never resorts to melodrama or hysteria while showing a young woman coping with leukemia."

source: chicago reader       Date: 01/13/2005

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