Marta Effinger-Crichlow is a filmmaker, author, playwright, and dramaturg drawn to stories about black women and girls as well as migration and place. She is the author of Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones (University Press of Colorado). Her produced works include the multi-media collage The Kitchen is Closed Startin’ Sunday and Whispers Want to Holler. She is the past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and a Pittsburgh Multicultural Arts Initiative grant. She received her PhD from Northwestern University and teaches in African American Studies at New York City College of Technology – CUNY. Currently developing her project: “Little Sallie Walker”, her first feature-length documentary.