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Discover the inspiring strength of today's black women writers in a telling selection of interviews and excerpted works from the best-known and the most promising new talents. Contributors include Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Gloria Nayor, J. California Cooper, and Barbara Neely. Discover the inspiring strength of today's black women writers in a telling selection of interviews and excerpted works from the best-known and the most promising new talents. Contributors include Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Gloria Nayor, J. California Cooper, and Barbara Neely.


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Discover the inspiring strength of today's black women writers in a telling selection of interviews and excerpted works from the best-known and the most promising new talents. Contributors include Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Gloria Nayor, J. California Cooper, and Barbara Neely. Discover the inspiring strength of today's black women writers in a telling selection of interviews and excerpted works from the best-known and the most promising new talents. Contributors include Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Gloria Nayor, J. California Cooper, and Barbara Neely.

38 review for I Know What The Red Clay Looks Like: The Voice and Vision of Black American Women Writers (Qty & CN$ are paper)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Strode

    For as long as I might live, I will continue to tout my jealousy of women writers. Or perhaps it is a thing that lives only so strong in this particular generation for women writers. I use "women writers" in this sense to mean specifically black women writers. There is such a strong, tender, and vital culture of sisterhood that lives amongst them as evidenced by how well versed each of them is in the others' body of work. As I mentioned in an earlier update, if this text is any indication, Toni For as long as I might live, I will continue to tout my jealousy of women writers. Or perhaps it is a thing that lives only so strong in this particular generation for women writers. I use "women writers" in this sense to mean specifically black women writers. There is such a strong, tender, and vital culture of sisterhood that lives amongst them as evidenced by how well versed each of them is in the others' body of work. As I mentioned in an earlier update, if this text is any indication, Toni Morrison is arguably the greatest writer the latter half of the 20th century and the English language ever produced as she received a ringing and resounding endorsement from most every writer in the tome, well known and lesser known names alike. I was never a fan of fiction as a child or young adult, but in reading not only the selections for this text, but the back story of the authors covered has led me towards the clawing notion that black women hold stories better than any other single grouping of writers that one can consider. That is a bold statement and I am likely to retract soon after this review is written especially as I consider the "immigrant" grouping and the wonderful tales woven of that experience, but for a moment I'll let it stand. Of the qualities that was oft cited of Toni Morrison was included of course the penchant for magical realism, the astonishing magnificent manner in which she is aware of and wields the English language, and the truth she is able to extract in how she studies every aspect of her stories in the process of drawing them forth, but I think I am digressing from the point. The brilliance of this text is how well the editor, Rebecca Carroll, was able to capture and convey the truth of these authors. The reason that either they came to writing or writing came to them. The manner in which they communicate with their characters for these are not simply paper bound one dimensional figures, but whole and complete and soul imbued beings with a way about this world and a reason to be acknowledged. The creative means is strong here. The tug and the tussle for attention as if these characters are children reaching forth to know their mother. Yes. I know what the red clay looks like and I doubt I shall ever be able to forget it again. Word to Gammy Kathy. Love you Mama and Mama.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Roberson

    Exposure to many incredible black women writers in three ways: a bio, a self intro, and a peice of writing. I read this in parallel with Pleasure Activism, which also includes a set of interviews with activists of colour, and noted some parallels. These women all noted those who came before and inspired them: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin. My perspectives were shifted in big ways, like by Marita Golden's line "My daughter was a soldier too." And by Gloria Wade-Gayles' p Exposure to many incredible black women writers in three ways: a bio, a self intro, and a peice of writing. I read this in parallel with Pleasure Activism, which also includes a set of interviews with activists of colour, and noted some parallels. These women all noted those who came before and inspired them: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin. My perspectives were shifted in big ways, like by Marita Golden's line "My daughter was a soldier too." And by Gloria Wade-Gayles' poem for young sojourners from Anointed to Fly which I rate 17/10 and makes me bump this entire book rating to 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book includes many of my favorite Black Women writers. While I have read many of their books I was most interested in learning their perspectives and how this influenced their approach to writing. I was not disappointed. I’ll continue to seek to learn.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Will Shoemaker

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mzladymdt

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rus Funk

  7. 4 out of 5

    M

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cherie Hughes

  9. 4 out of 5

    Asha Rizor

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ahmunet Jessica

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  15. 4 out of 5

    Reagen Ward

  16. 4 out of 5

    De'Osha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stevona

  18. 5 out of 5

    Korinna Lane

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rita Reinhardt

  20. 4 out of 5

    EMU Women's Resource Center

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lg Shanklin-flowers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui Williams

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Kountoupes

  25. 4 out of 5

    YlimeTheArtist

  26. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Vanderwerp

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

  30. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  31. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  32. 4 out of 5

    nikki

  33. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

  34. 5 out of 5

    Mo

  35. 5 out of 5

    Psycane

  36. 4 out of 5

    Conan

  37. 5 out of 5

    Megan (Best of Fates)

  38. 5 out of 5

    Aïssatou Gueye

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