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Defining Ourselves: Black Writers in the 90s Paperback – April 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0820442617 ISBN-10: 0820442615

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The Contributors: Elizabeth Nunez, Walter Mosley, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall, Carlyle V. Thompson, Houston A. Baker, Jr., John A. Williams, Yelena Khanga, Eugene Redmond, Stephanie Martin, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Cecil Foster, Lorna Goodison, Kelvin Christopher James, Hugh Pearson, Marita Golden, Stanley Crouch, Brenda M. Greene, Barbara T. Christian, Arthur Flowers, Thulani Davis, Ishmael Reed, Karla FC Holloway, Bebe Moore Campbell, William W. Cook, Brent Staples, Jill Nelson, Marimba Ani, Malaika Adero, W. Paul Coates, Susan McHenry, Terry McMillan.
The Editors: Elizabeth Nunez is Professor of English at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and Director of the National Black Writers Conference. She is the author of the novels When Rocks Dance and Beyond the Limbo Silence.
Brenda M. Greene is Chairperson of the Department of Literature, Languages, Philosophy, and Communication at Medgar Evers College, and Coordinator of the National Black Writers Conference. She is coeditor of the collection of essays, Rethinking American Literature.

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Elizabeth Nunez immigrated to the US from Trinidad after completing high school there. She is the author of eight novels. Boundaries (PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction); Anna In-Between (long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Award and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal ); Prospero's Daughter (2010 Trinidad and Tobago One Book, One Community selection; New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, 2006 Florida Center for the Literary Arts One Book, One Community selection, and 2006 Novel of the Year for Black Issues Book Review); Bruised Hibiscus (American Book Award); Discretion (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); Grace; Beyond the Limbo Silence (Independent Publishers Book Award); and When Rocks Dance. Most of Nunez's novels have also been published as audio books, and two are in translation, in Spanish and German. Nunez has also written several monographs of literary criticism published in scholarly journals, and is co-editor of the anthology, Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Woman Writers at Home and Abroad.

Nunez was co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, which she directed for eighteen years with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Reed Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She was executive producer for the 2004 Emmy nominated CUNY TV series, Black Writers in America. Her awards include 2013 National Council for Research on Women Outstanding Trailblazer Award; 2013 Caribbean American Distinguished Writer Award; 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Lifetime Literary Award; 2011 Barnes and Noble Poets and Writers, Writers for Writers Award. Nunez is a member of several boards, including the Center for Fiction, and CUNY TV. She is a judge for several national and international literary awards, including the Dublin IMPAC International Literary Award, and gives readings of her work across the country and abroad. Nunez received her PhD in English from New York University. She is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York, where she teaches creative writing, fiction.

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