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beatrice-voillemin's picture
Feb.17.2011
Where did I find a copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?  My inner city school library?  A class book area or a teacher putting it in my hand?   I was about 16 years old. I remember not having any sense of expectation or previous knowledge of the book.  About a few pages into I realized I was...
jewelle-gomez's picture
Feb.16.2011
My favourite novel by an African American probably shifts around from year to year depending on what I'm writing or what's in the headlines or what's in my head.  Right now GIOVANNI'S ROOM by James Baldwin has totally taken over my brain, in part because I'm writing a play about Baldwin and the...
greg-thrasher's picture
Feb.16.2011
Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee. I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Now I was eight and very small. And he was no whit bigger. And so I smiled, but he poked out His tongue, and called me, "Nigger." I saw the whole of Baltimore From...
richard-cummings's picture
Feb.16.2011
My favorite work of African American literature is a neglected classic, LORD OF DARK PLACES by Hal Bennett.  This powerful novel challenges all assumptions about race in America and the legacy of racism.  Joe Market, the protagonist, is the opposite of Bigger Thomas, making the work an ironic...
amy-nathan's picture
Feb.16.2011
I'm a nice, white, Jewish girl from a nice, white, Jewish city neighborhood who got engaged to a nice, white, Jewish boy from the suburbs when I was in my mid-twenties, over twenty years ago.  One day, I handed my soon-to-be mother-in-law a stack of books I'd loved reading and she was thrilled. A...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Feb.16.2011
I never really thought about "Black literature" as I was growing up and that's probably because I didn't read much Black literature.  Images of Black Americans came by stories told to me by white writers, such as Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Searching back in my mind for the...
red-room-well-red's picture
Feb.11.2011
African-American literature is as old as American literature. This week, to help celebrate Black History Month, we'd like you to blog about your favorite work of black literature. From Phyllis Wheatley through Frederick Douglass, from the Harlem Renaissance to Maya Angelou, Ishmael Reed, and Toni...