Photo credit: Zakkiyyah Najeebah

Photo credit: Zakkiyyah Najeebah

A-lan Holt is a poet and playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her work imagines new worlds for intimate audiences across theater, poetry, experience and film. In 2016 A-lan was named 1 of 20 'Women to Watch' by KQEDArts.  Her debut publication of poetry Moonwork premiered the same year.

An alumni of the Public Theater New York's Emerging Writers Group, A-lan’s newest play THE BOTTOM OF HEAVEN was developed starring Lupita Nyong’o and Tonya Pinkins. The play tells explores black intimacy.

In kind, her debut play 8BALL (Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Award, George Fredrickson Prize) weaves the nuances of a community awakening amid the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic. 

A-lan continues her creative work as the Associate Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University. At IDA, A-lan develops curriculum and programming that explores the relationship between art practice, spiritual practice and social justice. This, alongside creating spaces for students to explore themselves and their freedom.