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African and African American Writers

Names Beginning With
[A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [J] [K] [L] [M] [N] [P] [R] [S] [T] [V] [W] [Y] [Abbreviations Used]


A
Author Genre Place of Birth Date of Birth/Death Nationality Source
Abrahams, Peter Novelist Vrededorp, South Africa March 19, 1919 African BW 1989
DLB v.117
Achebe, Chinua Novelist
Essayist
Poetry
Ogidi, Nigeria Nov. 16, 1930 African BW 1994
DLB v. 117
Aidoo, Ama Ata Playwright
Short Stories
Abeadzikyiakor, Ghana Mar. 23, 1942 African BW 1989
DLBv. 117
Akar, John J. Playwright Rotifunk, Sierra Leone b. May 1927
d. June 1975
African BW 1994
Akbar, Na'Im Nonfiction



Alba, Nanina Poetry
Short Stories
Montgomery, AL b. Nov. 21, 1915
d. June 1968
American BW 1994
DLB v 41
Albert, Octavia Nonfiction Oglethorpe, GA Dec. 24, 1853 American NBAW
Aldridge, Delores P. Nonfiction Tampa, FLA
American BW 1994
Allen, Samuel W. Poetry Columbus, OH Dec. 9, 1917 American BW 1989
DLB v. 41
Amadi, Elechi Novelist
Playwright
Aluu, Nigeria May 1934 African BW 1989
DLB v. 117
Angelou, Maya Novelist
Poetry
Playwright
St. Louis, MO April 1928 American CLC v. 35
DLB v. 38
Ansa, Tina McElroy Novelist
Nov. 18, 1949 American BW 1994
Asante, Molefi Kete Poetry Valdosta, GA Aug. 14, 1942 American BW 1994

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B
Author Genre Place of Birth Date of Birth/Death Nationality Source
Baker, Augusta Children's Lit. Baltimore, MD April 1911 American BW 1989
Baker, Nikki Mystery Ohio
American BW 1994
Baldwin, James Novelist
Essayist
Playwright
Harlem, NY b. Aug. 2, 1924
d. Dec. 1, 1987
American BLC 1992
BW 1989
Bambara, Toni Cade Essayist
Novelist
New York, NY March 1939 American BW 1994
DLB v. 38
Baraka, Amiri Poetry
Playwright
Newark, NJ October 1934 American BLC 1992
BW 1994
Beckham, Barry Novelist Philadelphia, PA March 1944 American BW 1989
DLB v. 33
Bennett, Hal Short Stories
Novelist

April 1930 American BW 1989
DLB v 33
Bennett, Lerone Jr. Nonfiction Clarksdale, MS October 1928 American BW 1994
Blassingame, John W. Nonfiction Georgia March 1940 American BW 1989
Boles, Robert Novelist
Short Stories

April 1905 American BW 1994
Bontemps, Arna Poetry
Children's Lit.
Folklorist
Alexandria, LA b. Oct. 13, 1902
d. June 1973
American BW 1989
DLB v. 48
Boyd, Candy Dawson Children's Lit. Chicago, IL 1946 American CSK Award Books
Braithwaite, E. R. Novelist Guyana June 1920 Guyanese BW 1989
Braithwaite, William Stanley Poetry Boston, CT b. Dec. 6, 1878
d. June 1962
American BW 1989
DLB v. 50
Brooks, Gwendolyn Poetry Topeka, Kansas June 1917 American BW 1994
DLB v. 76
Brown, Claude Essayist New York, NY Feb. 23, 1937 American BW 1989
CLC v. 30
Brown, Sterling Folklorist
Poetry
Washington, D. C. b. May 1901
d. June 1989
American BW 1989
DLB v. 51
Brown, William Wells Novelist Kentucky Nov. 6, 1884 American DLB v. 50
Bryan, Ashley F. Folklorist
Children's Lit.
New York, NY July 1923 American BW 1994
Burroughs, Margaret T. Poetry St. Rose, LA Nov. 1, 1917 American BW 1989
DLB v. 41
Burroughs, Nannie Helen Nonfiction Orange, VA May 2, 1879 American NBAW
Butler, Octavia Science Fiction Pasenda, CA June 1947 American BW 1994
DLB v. 33

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C
Author Genre Place of Birth Date of Birth/Death Nationality Source
Campbell, Bebe Moore Novelist
May 1905 American BW 1994
Chase-Riboud, Barbara Novelist Philadelphia, PA June 1936 American BW 1994
DLB v. 33
Chestnutt, Charles Novelist
Essayist
Cleveland, OH b. June 20, 1858
d. Nov. 15, 1932
American BW 1989
DLB 50
Childress, Alice Playwright
Novelist
Children's Lit.
Charleston, S. C. b. Oct. 12, 1920
d. August 1994
American BLC 1992
Clarke, John Henrik Essayist
Jan, 1, 1915 American BW 1994
Cleaver, Eldridge Essayist Wabbaseka, AR August 1935 American BW 1989
Clifton, Lucille Children's Lit.
Poetry
Depew, NY June 1936 American BW 1994
DLB v. 41
Conde, Maryse Novelist Guadeloupe Feb. 11, 1937 West Indian BW 1994
Cooper, J. California Short Stories
Novelist
Berkeley, CA American BW 1989
CLC v. 56
Copage, Eric Novelist



Corbin, Steven Novelist
Oct. 3, 1953 American BW 1994
Cose, Ellis Nonfiction Chicago, IL Feb. 29, 1951 American BW 1994
Cotter, Joseph Seamon Poetry
Playwright
Short Stories
Bardstown, KY b. Feb. 2, 1861
d. Mar. 14, 1949
American BW 1989
DLB v. 50
Crouch, Stanley Nonfiction Los Angeles, CA Dec. 14, 1945 American CBB
Cullen, Countee Poetry
Novelist
Playwright
Louisville, KY b. May 1903
d. Jan. 9, 1946
American DLB v. 51
Cuney, William Waring Poetry Washington, D. C. b. May 1906
d. June 1976
American BW 1989
DLB v. 51

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