Some Notable Writers of Color

On display in the English Advising Office is a poster showing "Some Notable Writers of Color." The authors on this poster were taken from a larger list of writers who were all taught in the University of Washington’s Department of English during the late 1990s. That list has about 125 names on it. If we went farther back or farther ahead in time, it would be even larger. Some are studied frequently (Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie, Zora Neale Hurston), while others may appear only once in years (Ishmael Reed, Younghill Kang, Betty Louise Bell). Most of the courses in which they are taught are not identified specifically as having to do with writers of color.

The list below includes all 52 of the authors who appear on our poster, together with selected works—by no means all.

For more information about studying writers of color at the UW Department of English, see our "Short Guide to Studying Writers of Color." If you have questions about this display or these web pages please contact , English Undergraduate Advising, 206-543-2634.

Click on an author's name for more information about that author.

Chinua Achebe (1930 - )

• Things Fall Apart • No Longer at Ease • Arrow of God • A Man of the People

Meena Alexander (1951 - )

• Manhattan Music • The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience

Sherman Alexie (1966 - )

• The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven • Reservation Blues • Indian Killer • The Business of Fancydancing

Agha Shahid Ali (1949 - 2001)

• The Beloved Witness: Selected Poems • A Nostalgist's Map of America

Peter Bacho (1951 - )

• Dark Blue Suit and Other Stories • Cebu

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

• Go Tell it on the Mountain • Notes of a Native Son • Giovanni's Room • Another Country • The Fire Next Time • Blues for Mister Charlie • If Beale Street Could Talk • Just Above My Head • The Evidence of Things Not Seen

Betty Louise Bell (1949 - )

• Faces of the Moon

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

• The Bean Eaters • A Street in Bronzeville • Maud Martha

Carlos Bulosan (1911 - 1956)

• America is in the Heart

Lan Cao (1963 - )

• Monkey Bridge

Ana Castillo (1953 - )

• This Bridge Called My Back: Voices of Third World Women in the United States, edited with Cherrķe Moraga • Loverboys • My Father was a Toltec and selected poems • Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma • So Far From God

Charles Chesnutt (1858 - 1932)

• The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line • The Conjure Woman • The House Behind the Cedars • The Marrow of Tradition

Sandra Cisneros (1954 - )

• The House on Mango Street • My Wicked Wicked Ways • Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories • Loose Woman: Poems

Edwidge Danticat (1969 - )

• Farming of Bones • Krik? Krak! • Breath, Eyes, Memory

Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933 - )

• Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence • God is Red • Red Earth, White Lies • Custer Died for Your Sins

Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895)

• Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave • My Bondage and My Freedom • Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Ralph Ellison (1914 - 1994)

• Invisible Man • Shadow and Act • Juneteeth

Olaudah Equiano (1745 - 1797)

• The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African

Louise Erdrich (1954 - )

• Love Medicine • The Beet Queen • Tracks

Sui Sin Far (1865 - 1914)

• Mrs. Spring Fragrance

Heinz Insu Fenkl (1960 - )

• Memories of My Ghost Brother • Shadow's Bend

Amitav Ghosh (1956 - )

• The Circle of Reason • In an Antique Land • The Calcutta Chromosome

Jessica Hagedorn (1949 - )

• Dogeaters • Mango Tango • Dangerous Music

Linda Hogan (1947 - )

• Mean Spirit • Book of Medicines • Sightings: The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey • Seeing Through the Sun

• Waimea Summer

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

• The Weary Blues • Scottsboro Limited • Shakespeare in Harlem • Montage of a Dream Deferred • Selected Poems • Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz • The Ways of White Folks • Simple Speaks His Mind

Zora Neale Hurston (1891 - 1960)

• Jonah's Gourd Vine • Mules and Men • Their Eyes Were Watching God • Tell My Horse • Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, with Langston Hughes

David Henry Hwang (1957 - )

• FOB (acronym for Fresh Off the Boat) • M. Butterfly • 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof: A Science Fiction Music Drama

Harriet Jacobs (1813 - 1897)

• Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Gish Jen (1956 - )

• Mona in the Promised Land • Typical American

Charles Johnson (1948 - )

• Middle Passage • Oxherding Tale • Faith and the Good Thing

Younghill Kang (1903 - 1972)

• East Goes West • The Grass Roof

Nora Keller (1965 - )

• Comfort Woman

Randall Kenan (1963 - )

• A Visitation of Spirits • Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories

• The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts • China Men • Hawaii One Summer • Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book

Joy Kogawa (1935 - )

• Obasan • Itsuka • The Rain Ascends

Nella Larsen (1891 - 1964)

• Passing • Quicksand

Audre Lorde (1934 - 1992)

• The Collected Poems Of Audre Lorde • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Toni Morrison (1931 - )

• Paradise • Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination • Jazz • Beloved • Tar Baby • Song of Solomon • Sula • The Bluest Eye

Bharati Mukherjee (1940 - )

• Desirable Daughters • The Holder of the World • Jasmine

Fay Myenne Ng (1957 - )

• Bone

Caryl Phillips (1958 - )

• Cambridge • Crossing the River • The Nature of Blood • The European Tribe • Extravagant Strangers: A Literature of Belonging

Richard Rodriguez (1944 - )

• Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, An Autobiography • Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father

• Yellow Woman • Almanac of the Dead: A Novel • Ceremony • Laguna Woman

Ngugi wa Thiong'o (1938 - )

• A Grain of Wheat • Petals of Blood • Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

• The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Velma Wallis (1960 - )

• Raising Ourselves: A Gwich'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River • Bird Girl and the Man who Followed the Sun • Two Old Women

James Welch (1940 - )

• Winter in the Blood • Fools Crow

John Edgar Wideman (1941 - )

• Damballah • Hiding Place • Sent for You Yesterday • Philadelphia Fire

Shawn Wong (1949 - )

• American Knees • Homebase: a Novel

Richard Wright (1908 - 1960)

• Native Son • Black Boy • The Long Dream • White Man, Listen!

Zitkala-Sa (1876 - 1938)

• American Indian Stories • Old Indian Legends

Authors by row (from the top)

Row 1: Alexie, Baldwin, Wallis, Kingston, Brooks, Zitkala-Sa, Ali, Lorde
Row 2: Chesnutt, Achebe, Keller, Danticat, Douglass, Ghosh, Hagedorn, Mukherjee
Row 3: Holt, Cisneros, Fenkl, Cao, Bacho, Kenan, Bell
Row 4: Hwang, Jacobs, Hurston, Erdrich, Kogawa, Welch, Rodriguez, Wong
Row 5: Ellison, Alexander, Phillips, Ng, Truth, Castillo, Bulosan, Larsen, Wideman
Row 6: Hughes, Johnson, Silko, Thiong'o, Morrison
Row 7: Jen, Equiano, Deloria, Wright, Hogan, Kang, Sui Sin Far

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