Notable Writers of Color: The Complete List

The English Department's "Notable Writers of Color" poster, on display in the English Advising Office, depicts 52 authors who have been taught at least once in English Department courses. These authors were selected from the list of 127 names below. This list was culled from course descriptions spanning a few years in the late 1990s. Names with links are those that appear on the poster; the links take you to pages on those individual authors.

 

For more information about studying writers of color at the UW Department of English, see our "Short Guide to Studying Writers of Color."

 

Chinua Achebe Meena Alexander Sherman Alexie
Agha Shahid Ali Peter Bacho James Baldwin
Amiri Baraka Paul Beatty Betty Louise Bell
Arna Bontemps Gwendolyn Brooks Carlos Bulosan
Octavia Butler LLan Cao Xam Wilson Cartier
Ana Castillo G. S. Chandra Diana Chang
Charles Chesnutt Frank Chin Louis Chu
Sandra Cisneros Eldridge Cleaver Michelle Cliff
Lucille Clifton Anna J. Cooper Harold Cruse
Edwidge Danticat Samuel Delany Vine Deloria
Anita Desai Frederick Douglass W. E. B. Du Bois
Paul Laurence Dunbar Ralph Ellison Olaudah Equiano
Louise Erdrich Sui Sin Far Jessie Fauset
Heinz Insu Fenkl Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Amitav Ghosh
Jessica Hagedorn Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Lely Hayslip
Essex Hemphill Chester Himes Linda Hogan
John Dominis Holt Pauline Hopkins Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Langston Hughes Keri Hulme Zora Neale Hurston
David Henry Hwang Kazuo Ishiguro Harriet Jacobs
Gish Jen Charles Johnson James Weldon Johnson
Gayle Jones Younghill Kang Elizabeth Keckley
Nora Keller Randall Kenan Adrienne Kennedy
Patti Kim Jamaica Kincaid Maxine Hong Kingston
Joy Kogawa Hanif Kureishi Nella Larsen
S. K. Y. Lee Alain Locke Audre Lorde
Darrell H. Y. Lum Wing Tek Lum Nathaniel Mackey
Dambudzo Marechera Paule Marshall James McBride
Claude McKay Anchee Min Rohinton Mistry
Kazuo Miyamoto Toshio Mori Toni Morrison
Walter Mosley Bharati Mukherjee David Mura
Milton Murayama V. S. Naipaul Gloria Naylor
Jill Nelson Fay Myenne Ng John Okada
Gary Pak Ann Petry Caryl Phillips
Ishmael Reed Richard Rodriguez Arundhati Roy
Salman Rushdie Bienvenido N. Santos Danzy Senna
Leslie Marmon Silko Monica Itoi Sone Cathy Song
Sara Suleri Wallace Thurman Jean Toomer
Ngugi wa Thiong'o Sojourner Truth Derek Walcott
Alice Walker David Walker Velma Wallis
Booker T. Washington James Welch John Edgar Wideman
Harriet Wilson Shawn Wong Richard Wright
Hisaye Yamamoto Wakako Yamauchi John Yau
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