Natalie Y. Moore

Haymarket Books (November, 2021)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642595734 • US $16 • 6 in x 9 in • 100 pgs.


As a play and book, The Billboard is a cultural force that treats abortion as more than pro-life or pro-choice.

Renowned investigative journalist and writer Natalie Y. Moore’s debut play The Billboard strikes the best nerve. Set on the south side of Chicago around a controversial pro-life billboard, Moore crafts a full story around the reproductive health of Black women and the barriers they face as they navigate its politics. Wry and sharp, Moore’s work speaks to the political times of living as Black woman in America, and to the larger experience of women’s choice being viewed as a problem to be fixed.

Debuting at the 16th Street Theatre in the Fall of 2021, Moore’s voice is in demand. Following the success of her lyrical and intelligent work exploring Chicago’s historic segregation, Moore once again proves she knows how to deftly showcase the erased lives of communities that make up a city, and how we can apply that to our understanding of the policies that keep us in the throes of bureaucracy.


Natalie Y. Moore is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, the NPR- member station in Chicago, where she’s known as the South Side Lois Lane. Before joining WBEZ, she covered Detroit City Council for the Detroit News. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Chicago, IL.


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