BARBARA DANA’s first play, War in Paramus, was presented at HB Playwrights and went on to Abingdon Theatre Company’s 2005 production, directed by Austin Pendleton. The play is included the Smith & Kraus anthology New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2006. An award-winning author of books for children and young adults, her books include: Zucchini, Zucchini Out West, Necessary Parties, Crazy Eights, Rutgers and the Water Snouts, and Young Joan, a historical novel based on the young life of Joan of Arc. Her screenplays include Chu-Chu and the Philly Flash and Necessary Parties, adapted from her novel. She is co-editor, with Cindy MacKenzie, of the recent book, Wider than the Sky: Essays and Meditations on the Healing Power of Emily Dickinson (Kent State University Press). She is an actor as well as an author, having made her NY stage debut at the age of seventeen in the off-Broadway production of Arthur Laurents’ A Clearing in the Woods. Her new novel is A Voice of her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson (HarperCollins Publishers).