LINDA PARRIS-BAILEY is the Executive/Artistic Director and primary Playwright-in-Residence for The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. (CBT) in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her works are primarily story-based plays with music focusing on themes of transformation and empowerment. The October premier of her most recent work, Speed Killed My Cousin, was featured as the opening event of the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Micro-Fest in Appalachia. “Speed” has received a 2014 New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), National Theater Project Award. Her play, Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens is considered the company’s signature work and continues to tour and be produced nationally.