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Writers Like Me By Martha Southgate

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/books/review/Southgate-t.html
Essay

Writers Like Me
By MARTHA SOUTHGATE

I am a 46-year-old writer of “literary” fiction. I’ve had three novels published — the first for young people, the last two for adults. All have won minor prizes, been respectfully reviewed and sold modestly. I’ve been awarded a few fairly competitive fellowships and grants. The business is full of fiction writers like me. With one difference: I’m black, born and raised in the United States. At the parties and conferences I attend, and in the book reviews I read, I rarely encounter other African-American “literary” writers,particularly in my age bracket.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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