Chinaka Hodge graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the University’s 174th Commencement exercise. Her manuscript, For Girls With Hips, released in May 2006, is in its third publication. Hodge received co-writing credit for Scourge, the third full-length theater work featuring Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Chinaka was also a member of the U.S. Artist Delegation to the World Social Forum in Narobi, Kenya in early 2007.
Her first full length stage play, Mirrors in Every Corner, was recently grant The Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious MAP Award. Additionally, her work has been featured in Teen People Magazine, Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, Scholastic Magazine, Current Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry. Before beginning her tenure at The Geneva Car Barn, Chinaka served as Program Director for Artistic Development and Performance at Youth Speaks, Inc—providing safe spaces for young writers to thrive on the page and on stage.