Our Living Literary Treasures

January 16, 2011  |  

6) Edwidge Dandicat: Novelist

Best known for: “Breath, Eyes Memory;” ” Krik Krak;” “Brother, I’m Dying”

Why we love her: Dandicat, a Haitian immigrant raised in Brooklyn, is not only a brilliant writer, but also an outspoken advocate for the people of her home country. In 2009, she contributed to the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women Pillars of the Global Economy, which explored the impact of globalization on five Haitian women of different ages.

Notable quotable: “I think Haiti is a place that suffers from so much neglect, that people only want to hear about it when it’s extreme. And that’s what they end up knowing about it.”

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  • Diva

    There are other authors that you have forgotten about. The "old standards" are great, however please look to the other voices of literary fiction. These women are writing about love, loss and everything in between and it's not Urban Fiction. They are never are mention because we always fall back on Walker, Cooper, Angelou, Mcmillan, Morrison, and Smith.

    Please open your eyes and the eyes of your readers by locating them. These authors also deserve their spotlight.

    **Some of these ladies are also New York Time best-selling authors, won several literary awards, and have over 30 or 40 books in print.

    Thanks

  • Neilah

    Great post ! However you guys could have found a better picture of Ntozake Shange! Sheesh! Give the woman the respect she's owed! *SMH*

  • Kristine

    I LOVED this article! Thank you! Toni Morrison has to be my favorite because she allows the reader to become a part of each character.

  • Ari

    This was an interesting post to read, I hadn't heard of Danzy Senza so thank you for pointing her out to me! Caucasia sounds like a fabulous novel.

  • MissAj

    What about Sonia Sanchez?

  • Danielle

    How about Nikki Giovani

  • Can

    I'm surprised (and a bit disappointed) that you didn't include Octavia Butler—as I learned about her from this website. And in literary terms she i one of the few African American Women Sci-Fi writers. I enjoyed both Fledgling and Kindred from Ms. Butler.

    • Ari

      Maybe they didn't include her because she's no longer living? I still need to read Kindred!

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