SHIRLENE HOLMES is from Queens, New York. She holds a B.A. in English from York College of the City University of New York, and M.F.A. in Theatre/Playwriting and a doctorate in Speech from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is certified in a major and minor in African American Studies, and teaches courses for both GSU's Communication and African American Studies Departments. Her areas of specialty are solo drama, creative writing, and storytelling. She has received recognition for her creative writing, performances, and work with students. Her play, "A Lady and A Woman", was presented at Wichita State University in the Spring of 1997. This play was also presented by American Theatre Project in Washington, D.C., and appears in Amazon All Start, a drama anthology edited by Rosemary Keefe Curb, and published by Applause Books in 1996. Professor Holmes' play, "Conversation with a Diva," had a successful run at Actors Theatre of Washington in 1996. Her most recent works include, "Tray and Deborah" at Neighborhood Playhouse in May of 1998, and "Robert: Presenting Myself" at GSU's Alumni Hall Theatre in February 1999.