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Martha Southgate on Black Writers and Publishing in The New York Times Book Review
This Sunday's Book Review contains the article "Writers Like Me" by novelist Martha Southgate. In it, Martha explores race and class in American publishing. If you have trouble accessing Martha's piece using the link above, try this permalink to "Writers Like Me.".
This is an important article, one future generations will read, an articulation of the pains and triumphs experienced by today's Black writer. Just as students today read Langston Hughes' "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" when discussing The Harlem Renaissance and Alice Walker's "Looking for Zora" when discussing The Black Arts Movement, years from now undergraduates will be reading "Writers Like Me," along with writer Nick Chiles' "Their Eyes Were Reading Smut," when they discuss turn-of-the-21st-century literature, what Kevin Powell has called our Word Movement.
In addition to her compelling discussion of the careers of contemporary African American authors, check out her list of great Black books on the Times website and her guest blog on the site of novelist Tayari Jones.