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Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

Joanne Veal Gabbin


This book offers short chapters by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With chapters by such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers. The book includes an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each chapter ... More

Keywords: black women writers, American literature, African American literature, educational institutions, societal restrictions, racism, sexism, religious chauvinism, power of words, aesthetic development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne Veal Gabbin, editor

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Women in Community

Wintergreen and Alaga Syrup

Carmen R. Gillespie

Outside of Dreams

Ethel Morgan Smith

Negotiating the Academy

Parting the Blue Miasma

Kendra Hamilton

New Kid on the Block

Joanne Veal Gabbin

Obstacles or Opportunities

Elizabeth Brown-Guillory

The Faith Walk of Writing

Marilyn Sanders Mobley

Silence … A Dangerous Luxury

On My Return from Exile

Linda Williamson Nelson

Spirit Houses

A Blessed Life

Maryemma Graham


Nikky Finney

What Roots Us

A Very Good Year

Hermine Pinson

A Sanctuary of Words

Bury the Thought

Karla FC Holloway

The Death of the Mother

Eugenia Collier

A Remembrance

Sonia Sanchez

Poetry Reading

Opal Moore

End Matter