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Chatham University

MFA Alumni

Yolande (Yoli) Marie Hughes

Yolande (Yoli) Marie Hughes

Class of 2006

Since graduating from Chatham University, Yoli has written 4 plays and directed 3 of them for Playhouse Junior’s May shows at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. Her novel for the younger young adult, Cruisin’ Sarah, won the Mayhaven Award for Children’s Fiction in December 2009. She is serving as the Pennsylvania representative of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. Her flight of fancy into children’s plays and literature was inspired by her mentor at Chatham, professor Katherine Ayers, and the very wise professor Sally Hobart-Alexander.