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Interview with author OMAR TYREE

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Omar Tyree, is a New York Times best-selling author, a journalist,
reporter, poet, screenwriter, songwriter, playwrite, event host, lecturer, blogger,
publishing consultant and literacy advocate, who has won a 2001 NAACP Image
Award for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, a 2006 Phillis Wheatley
Literary Award for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, and a 2010 HBCU Legends Award for
his tiresome work in urban literacy.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from the
prestigious Central High School in 1987, Tyree first attended the University
of Pittsburgh as a Pharmacy major and an aspiring football player. After
spending his first two years at Pitt, he found his new passion and a calling
as a writer and a storyteller, penning his first published series, “The Diary
of a Freshman” along with two novels; “Colored, On White Campus”, (now
titled “College Boy” in his Urban Griot series) and “Flyy Girl”, which became
a contemporary urban classic that spawned an entire genre of so-called
“urban/street literature.”

Tyree transferred to the respected HBCU of Howard University to finish his
education as a writer in the Fall of 1989. Leaving the English Department in
the School of the Liberal Arts for the School of Communications, he
graduated cum laude with a degree in Print Journalism in the Fall of 1991. While at
Howard, he created, produced and published “Food For Thought” a student
opinion column in “The Hilltop” newspaper, along with publishing several
Washington, DC-based news articles for the Black Press.

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