Toni Asante Lightfoot

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Toni Asante Lightfoot is a 1999 Cave Canem Graduate and left Washington, DC in 2000 to open The Haven, a bed & breakfast in the two-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago, with her sister Michelle Sujai and her niece. Lightfoot moved to Boston to do the CD Some Nights and ended up becoming the Artistic Director of the Blackout Arts Collective of Boston until October 2002. Finding the life of a teaching artist was a more lucrative proposition in the Windy City, Lightfoot is now the Director of the T.E.A.C.H. program at Young Chicago Authors and a teaching artist for Eta Theater and Chicago State University. She resides on Chi’s Southside with her husband Setondji and her daughter Leontyn.

Her work can be read in numerous anthologies, online, and her performances can be seen on YouTube. She is co-editor of Dream of a World: A Tia Chucha Press Anthology. Lightfoot is currently writing a series of children's books.

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Submitted by Kim Roberts, December 2013

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