SYLVIE DRAKE ON QUEEN HATSHEPSUT:Writer Sonay Hoffman tells the story of Hannah Crafts, a former slave who risked everything to write her novel. As a slave and later, during her daring escape, the self-taught Hannah secretly penned a historic narrative whose discovery and worldwide reception over 150 years later would have been unimaginable then. We hope you’re as inspired by Hannah’s bravery and passion as we are!

SYLVIE DRAKE ON QUEEN HATSHEPSUT: As a young girl growing up in Egypt Sylvie Drake learned of Queen Hatshepsut, the first great woman of history, a monarch who lived over a thousand years before Cleopatra. Her reign has all the markings of greatness including winning battles to establish power, presiding over a long era of peace and prosperity, opening trade routes, visionary architecture, a recorded legacy and… get this… this is the woman who invented eyeliner! You need to know about Queen Hatshepsut.

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Sylvie Drake

WRITER / POET

Sylvie Drake is a translator, writer, poet and a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. A directing graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse, she was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and most recently served as Media Relations and Publications Director for The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She is a contributor to culturalweekly.com.

Queen Hatshepsut

Pharaoh

Queen Hatshepsut (1507–1458 BCE) was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. She was the second historically confirmed female pharaoh. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.