March 16th & 17th, 2022 | Atlanta, GA



Below is a listing of some of the Black writers who have attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and their published works. 

Title Author Pub Year Workshop Grad Year Genre Group
A Peculiar People Willis, Steven 2022 2023 Poetry African American
God’s Children Are Little Broken Things Ifeakandu, Arinze  2022 2020 Fiction Nigerian
Things They Lost Oduor, Okwiri 2022 2017 Fiction Kenyan
Filthy Animals Taylor, Brandon 2021 2019 Fiction African American
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev Walton, Dawnie 2021 2018 Fiction African American
I Need Music Duplan, Anaïs 2021 2017 Poetry African American
Revival Season West, Monica 2021 2017 Fiction African American
Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories Nkweti, Nana 2021 2014 Fiction African American
The Days of Afrekete Solomon, Asali 2021 2004 Fiction African American
After Troy Lo Liyong, Taban (1st African graduate in 1968) 2021 1968 Poetry South Sudanese
Sacrament of Bodies (African Poetry Book) Oriogun, Romeo 2020 2021 Poetry Nigerian
Exodus (African Poetry Book) Adeoba, ‘Gbenga 2020 2020 Poetry Nigerian
Real Life Taylor, Brandon 2020 2019 Fiction African American
Glaring Krusling, Benjamin 2020 2018 Poetry African American
Black Sunday: A Novel Abraham, Tola Rotimi 2020 2017 Fiction Nigerian
Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture Duplan, Anaïs 2020 2017 Criticism African American
Transcendent Kingdom Gyasi, Yaa 2020 2014 Fiction Ghanaian-American
The Office of Historical Corrections Evans, Danielle 2020 2006 Fiction African American
White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia Petrosino, Kiki 2020 2006 Poetry African American
The Gilded Auction Block McCrae, Shane 2020 2004 Poetry African American
Sometimes I Never Suffered: Poems McCrae, Shane 2020 2004 Poetry African American
How To Make a Slave and Other Essays Walker, Jerald 2020 1995 Essays African American
Like a Thin Hustle Effiwatt, Janelle 2019 2019 Poetry African American 
Henceforce: A Travel Poetic Hilliard, Kamden Ishmael 2019 2019 Poetry African American
Such a Fun Age Reid, Kiley 2019 2019 Fiction African American
The Travelers Porter, Regina 2019 2017 Fiction African American
In West Mills Winslow, De’Shawn Charles 2019 2017 Fiction African American
How Are You Going to Save Yourself Holmes, J.M. 2018 2016 Fiction African American
A Lucky Man Brinkley, Jamel 2018 2015 Fiction African American
How to Love a Jamaican Arthurs, Alexia 2018 2014 Fiction Jamaican-American
American Histories: Stories Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 2018 1967 Fiction African American
In the Language of My Captor McCrae, Shane 2017 2004 Poetry African American
Homegoing Gyasi, Yaa 2016 2014 Fiction Ghanaian-American
The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult Walker, Jerald 2016 1995 Memoir African American
Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 2016 1967 Nonfiction African American
The Star Side of Bird Hill Jackson, Naomi 2015 2013 Fiction African American
The Turner House Flournoy, Angela 2015 2011 Fiction African American
Welcome to Braggsville Johnson, T. Geronimo 2015 2008 Fiction African American
Disgruntled: A Novel Solomon, Asali 2015 2004 Fiction African American
Flying Home: seven stories of the secret city Nicholson, David 2015 1983 Fiction African American
Team Seven: A Novel Burke, Marcus 2014 2012 Fiction African American
Forgiveness Forgiveness McCrae, Shane 2014 2004 Poetry African American
Congotronic Book, Shane 2014 2002 Poetry Black Canadian
Saint Monkey: A Novel Townsend, Jacinda 2014 2001 Fiction African American
Shadows Tshuma, Novuyo Rosa 2013 2015 Fiction Zimbabwean
Happiness, Like Water Okparanta, Chinelo 2013 2011 Fiction Nigerian-American
Blood McCrae, Shane 2013 2004 Poetry African American
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Mathis, Ayana 2012 2011 Fiction African American
Hold It ‘Til It Hurts Johnson, T. Geronimo 2012 2008 Fiction African American
In Canaan McCrae, Shane 2011 2004 Poetry African American
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Evans, Danielle 2010 2006 Fiction African American
Mule McCrae, Shane 2010 2004 Poetry African American
Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption Walker, Jerald 2010 1995 Memoir African American
The Lynchers Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 2010 1967 Fiction African American
Fort Red Border Petrosino, Kiki 2009 2006 Poetry African American
Sonata Mulattica: Poems Dove, Rita 2009 1977 Poetry African American
Get Down: Stories Solomon, Asali 2006 2004 Fiction African American
Corpse Lovers and Corpse Haters Lo Liyong, Taban 2005 1968 Poetry South Sudanese
God’s Gym Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 2005 1967 Fiction African American
Brothers and Keepers Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 2005 1967 Fiction African American
Run toward Fear Madhubuti, Haki R. 2004 1984 Poetry : Craft African American
Lot’s Daughter Moore, Opal 2004 1982 Poetry African American
American Smooth Dove, Rita 2004 1977 Poetry African American
Otherhood: Poems Shepherd, Reginald 2003 1993 Poetry African American
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Packer, ZZ 2003 1988 Fiction African American
Tough Notes: A Healing Call For Creating Exceptional Black Men Madhubuti, Haki R. 2002 1984 Nonfiction African American
Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems Harper, Michael S. 2002 1963 Poetry African American
Can We Talk and Other Stories Chinodya, Shimmer 2001 1985 Fiction Zimbabwean
A Region Not Home: Reflections from Exile McPherson, James Alan 2000 1971 Essays African American
Wrong Shepherd, Reginald 1999 1993 Poetry African American
On the Bus with Rosa Parks Dove, Rita 1999 1977 Poetry African American
Heart Love: Wedding and Love Poems Madhubuti, Haki R. 1998 1984 Poetry African American
Crabcakes McPherson, James Alan 1998 1971 Memoir African American
Carrying Knowledge Up a Palm Tree Lo Liyong, Taban 1997 1968 Poetry 0
The Cattle Killing Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 1997 1967 Fiction African American
On Being Female, Black and Free: Essays by Margaret Walker, 1932-1992 Walker, Margaret 1997 1965 Memoir : Essays African American
The Darker Face of the Earth Dove, Rita 1994 1977 Poetry African American
How I Wrote Jubilee: And Other Essays on Life and Literature Walker, Margaret 1993 1965 Writers on Writing : Fiction : History African American
Through the Ivory Gate Dove, Rita 1992 1977 Fiction African American
Stories of John Edgar Wideman Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 1992 1967 Fiction African American
The Homewood Books Wideman, John Edgar (attended, but did not stay through graduation) 1992 1967 Fiction African American
Harvest of Thorns Chinodya, Shimmer 1991 1985 Fiction Zimbabwean
African-Centered Education: Its Value, Importance, and Necessity in the Development of Black Children Madhubuti, Haki R. 1991 1984 Nonfiction African American
Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? Madhubuti, Haki R. 1991 1984 Nonfiction African American
Drinkers, Drummers, and Decent Folk: Ethnographic Narratives of Village Trinidad / Edition 1 Stewart, John O. 1989 1966 Fiction Trinidadian
This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems Walker, Margaret 1989 1965 Poetry African American
Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius: A Portrait of the Man, a Critical Look at His Work Walker, Margaret 1988 1965 Biography African American
Thomas and Beulah Dove, Rita 1986 1977 Poetry African American
Thomas and Beulah : poems Dove, Rita 1986 1977 Poetry African American
Elbow Room : stories McPherson, James Alan 1977 1971 Fiction African American
Kwanzaa: A Progressive and Uplifting African-American Holiday Madhubuti, Haki R. 1972 1984 Nonfiction African American





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