Dara HarperAbout Dara Harper

Dara Harper was born in Detroit, MI and developed a passion for storytelling at an early age. She is a novelist, Off Broadway playwright, journalist, artist and award-winning filmmaker. She graduated from the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago, IL. She won the Best African American Filmmaker Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival for her short film, “la Revolution.” While residing in New York City, she was accepted into the Harlem Writer’s Guild and the Amsterdam Writer’s Group.


Her feature film, “Sweeter Without Sugar” was an official selection at the African American Women In Cinema Film Festival. Her debut play, “Passing” had a sold-out run Off-Broadway and was nominated for an AUDELCO Award. Her follow-up play, “Shades Of War” was selected at as a top pick in the “Village Voice” and “Time Out New York.” She is the author of three novels, “Magic In Moon Time”“Grits & Grace”  and “The Justice Women: A Novel of Life in Detroit’s Black Bottom.”


Dara’s creativity is ignited by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, rainy days and a great cup of cappuccino. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their son…who is her greatest inspiration.

A Short Video Interview With Dara

Special thanks to Specs Howard School of Media Arts students: Jessica Gulley, Jasmine Drane, Seana Strye, Iris Tucker-Lloyd and Carl White