We’re proud to spotlight the work of NYU Black alumni and faculty writers in support of #BlackoutBestsellerlist and #Blackpublishingpower. Explore the talented storytellers below while supporting this important campaign to elevate and amplify underrepresented voices in the publishing industry.
[Note: This list is not exhaustive and will be updated periodically.]
A newly released autobiography that Kirkus Reviews calls "A Roots for a new generation, rich in storytelling and steeped in history."
Winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award, this author, actress, director, producer, transgender rights activist, and TV host was named an NYU Alumni Changemaker of the Year in 2019.
The Washington Post states, “Tracey Baptiste scares up new audiences to learn about jumbies...She builds a fairy tale about a brave girl and her adventures among Caribbean creatures.”
Nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category. Winner of the James Beard Foundation 2015 Leadership Award.
Kirkus Reviews says Atakora's novel is "an engrossing debut . . . Atakora structures a plot with plenty of satisfying twists. Life in the immediate aftermath of slavery is powerfully rendered in this impressive first novel.”
Winner of the Gold Nautilus Award for Fiction.
Winner of the 2014 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
Winner of the 2011 NAACP Image Award.
Winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award.
Ingrid Banks of University of California, Santa Barbara states, “Compellingly argued and in line with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Yelena Bailey illustrates her ability to present the streets as an ideological entity as well as expand on how this has come to be.”
Winner of the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award for nonfiction.
Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. One of The New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018.
A collection that traverses the borders of culture and time. Winner of the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.
In this collection of poems, Jackson explores the complexity between perception and reality, the body and desire, accountability and judgment.
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Ta-Nehisi Coates of The New York Times Style Magazine says, “Probably my favorite living poet. No one else taught me more about how important it was to think about how words make people feel. It's not enough for people to know something is true. They have to feel it's true.”
Winner of the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Award (Silver).
Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Washington Post states, “Morgan Parker continues to fearlessly explore what it means to be a black woman in the United States today. . . . Bold and edgy, the writing spotlights the strength and tenacity that enable the speaker to survive grief and inequity.”
An all-new collection of poems that embodies the spirit of a culture that questions sentiments and realities, embracing a cross-section of pop culture, hip hop, and the greater world politic of the moment.
From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a bold debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.
This collection of stories takes readers to a world that seamlessly blends African folklore and myths with modernity.