Michael Datcher

Michael Datcher

Michael Datcher is the author the Ferguson-area historical novel Americus and the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller,  Raising Fences —a Today Show Book Club Book of the Month pick. The film rights were originally optioned by actor Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions, who hired Datcher to write the screenplay. Datcher has made many other media appearances including Oprah. He is also the author of a new book of literary theory Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures. He is co-editor of Tough Love: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur. Datcher’s play Silence was commissioned by and premiered at the Getty Museum. He is co-host of the weekly public affairs news magazine Beautiful Struggle on 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and the creator and host of the new online TV show The 4:45 Productive Through Joy Show. He has curated and/or presented his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum and other art institutions. Datcher is the President of the Board of Directors at The World Stage, a literary and jazz education and performance nonprofit in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Datcher is an assistant professor of English at Loyola Marymount University.