We started writing literary criticisms several years ago, focused on black female literature, in part to give attention to the non-stereotyped, richly developed, excellent writing featuring African and African American women.
This year, we have reviewed a poetry collection and have begun to add diasporian fiction to our list. The greater focus on the lack of diversity in children’s writing as well as in the broader lexicon promises to keep the issue front-of-mind.
Real stories about real people and not just relegated to slavery, Jim Crow, or the Civil Rights Era, this is where the opportunity lies.
We will keep reading, writing, and connecting at Tayé Foster Bradshaw’s Bookhelf.