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African American Fiction

Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

It appears that shame -- black and white -- can shrink us. In literature we've been historically reduced to a slither of a people. Writers like me self-censor for fear of offending, for fear of not finding an audience. We don't tell our stories in the context of this nation.

Lit Versus Commercial Fiction: Writer Wars?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

It saddens me seeing writers buy into a class war. In today's market, lit looks down on commercial, which look down on genre, which eschew whatever is lower on the literary food chain.