In Judy Juanita’s first novel, Virgin Soul, a coming-of-age story, the main character joins the Black Panther Party in the sixties in the Bay Area. Viking Penguin published Virgin Soul (2013). Her poetry has been published in 13th Moon, Painted Bride Quarterly, Lips, Rooms, Crab Orchard Review, Croton Review, Good News, Drum Revue 2000 and Obsidian II. Her plays have been performed at Loyola Marymount University, Ohio State University, Laney College, and in Minneapolis, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and Winston-Salem theaters. She has an MFA in creative writing and BA in psychology from San Francisco State University and taught writing at Laney College for the past two decades. A native of Berkeley, Juanita was raised in an Oakland that had excellent schools, an Easter Parade down East 14th St., and a severe color line that created a fierce unity among black people.