Black Women Writers

In an effort to streamline my own wishlist and TBR – I will provide a few lists. The first I complied as a result of a writer, Ashley Ford asking her followers what they have read recently (and will pick up soon) that was written by black women. I also search BookRiot and Google for inspiration for even more picks. This list is by no means complete, but rather a starting point.

A few things to note:

Some choices may be problematic, especially with regards to ableism and gender. If you see a pick you know has harmful rep for you/others, please let me know and I will take it down and replace it with something more representative. Lastly,  some books may not be published yet, so if you can, please pre-order if the book interests you.

Running List of Books by Black Women


  • Hunger – Roxanne Gay
  • Negroland – Margo Jefferson
  • This is Just my Face – Gabourey Sidibe
  • Self Inflicted Wounds – Aisha Tyler
  • A Suprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun – Angela Jackson
  • Transwonderland – Noo Saro-Wiwa
  • Ordinary Light – Tracey K Smith
  • Cooking in Heels by Ceyenne Doroshow


  • The Warmth of Other Suns- Isabel Wilkerson
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Emergent Strategy – Adrienne Maree Brown
  • Never Caught – Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • Lower Ed – Tressie McMillan Cotton
  • Pushout – Monique W Morris
  • First Class – Alison Stewart


  • Behold the Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue
  • The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  • No One is Coming to Save Us – Stephanie Powell Watts
  • Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  • American Marriage – Tayari Jones
  • Brunch at Ruby’s (Ruby Series) – DL White
  • Sula – Toni Morrison
  • Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • New People – Danzy Senna
  • Swing Time – Zadie Smith
  • Moonbath by Yanick Lahens


  • Book of Addis: Cradled Embers – Brooke Obie
  • Broken Earth Trilogy – N.K. Jemisin


Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction

  • Binti (Series) – Nnedi Okoafor
  • Parable of the Sower – Octivia Bulter
  • Everfair – Nisi Shawl
  • The Salt Roads – Nalo Hopkinson
  • Brew by Dane Figueroa Edidi


  • Three Little Words (#4 in #DirtySexyGeeks Series) – Melissa Blue
  • Breathless – Beverly Jenkins
  • An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole
  • Reckoning (Gathering of the Storms Series) – TJ Michaels
  • Bounce – KM Jackson
  • Rich Brit – Tasha Hendrix
  • Moonlight (Moonkind Series) – Ines Johnson
  • Sanctuary (Beards and Bondage Series) – Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Love on my mind – Tracey Livesay


  • Rise of the Jumbies – Tracey Baptise
  • American Street – Ibi Zoboi
  • Calling My Name – Liara Tamani
  • Betty Before X – Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson
  • Piecing Me Together – Renee Watson
  • When I Am Through With You – Stephanie Kuehn
  • I’m So Fine – Khadijah Queen
  • The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
  • Dear Martin – Nic Stone
  • The Sun is Also a Star- Nicola Yoon
  • Little and Lion – Brandy Colbert
  • One Shadow on the Wall – Leah Mark
  • The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton
  • Disparate Souls – Kelly Cain
  • Children of Blood and Bone (Children of OrIsha Series) – Tomi Adeyemi

Short Stories

  • What it means when a man falls from the sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi
  • Come Let Us Sing Anyway – Leone Ross


  • The Explainers and the Explorers – Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
  • This Will be My Undoing – Morgan Jerkins
  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life – Samantha Irby
  • Freedom is a constant Struggle – Angela Davis
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde


  • One Last Word – Nikki Grimes
  • Electric Arches – Eve Ewing
  • Cannibal – Safiya Sinclair
  • Voodoo Hypothesis – Canisia Lubrin
  • Bestiary – Donika Kelly
  • Simulacra – Airea D. Matthews
  • Equilibrium – Tiana Clark
  • Versos – Dionne Brand
  • There are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce – Morgan Apple
  • Life on Mars – Tracy K Smith
  • The Chaos of Longing – K.Y. Robinson
  • Voyage of the Stable – Venus Robin Coste
  • The January Children – Safia Elhillo
  • Ordinary Beast – Nicole Sealey


  • Good House – Tananarive Due


  • Black Water Rising – Attica Locke
  • Hollywood Homicide – Kellye Garrett
  • City of Saviors – Rachel Howzell Hall

Self Help/Spiritual/Growth

  • Shalom Sistas – Osheta Moore
  • One: Unity in a Divided World – Deidra Riggs
  • She’s Still There – Chrystal Hurst
  • Fervent – Priscilla Shirer

One thought on “Black Women Writers

  1. This is such a great list! I definitely need more fiction and poetry by black women on my TBR pile, so I’m going to be adding a tonne of these to my wish list. Thank-you so much for compiling them!


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