Sherley Anne Williams
Biography / Criticism
I am the women I speak of in my stories, my poems. The fact that I am a single mother sometimes makes it hard to bring this forth to embody it in the world, but it is precisely because I am a single mother of an only son that I try hard to do this. Women must leave a record for their men; otherwise how will they know us?— Sherley Anne Williams
Works by the Author
- Dessa Rose (1986)
- Working Cotton (1992)
- Girls Together (1999)
- The Peacock Poems (1975)
- Giving Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature (1972)
Works about the Author
- Beaulieu, Elizabeth Ann. Black Women Writers and the American Neo-Slave Narrative. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999.
- Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 89. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989. 318-358.
- Davis, Mary Kemp. "Everybody Knows Her Name: The Recovery of the Past in Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose. " Callaloo 12.3 (Summer 1989): 544-558.
- Draper, James P. "Sherley Anne Williams. " Black Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Most Significant Works of Black Authors Over the Past 200 Years. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. 1950-1961.
- Magill, Frank N. Masterpieces of African-American Literature. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.
- Magill, Frank N. , ed. Masterplots II: African American Literature Series I. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1994. 357-361.
- Metzger, Linda et al. Black Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989. 602-604.
- Nagel, Carol De Kane. "Sherley Anne Williams. "African American Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. 787-789.
- Wiloch, Thomas.Contemporary Authors. Vol. 25. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989. 492-497
This site discusses Williams' writing ability.
Hurst offers a brief review of Working Cotton and notes that the book can be enjoyed by children young and old.
This site provides a bibliography of Williams' works, discussion questions, and a brief biography of Williams. The California Newsreel provides information on educational videos for and about African American life and history.
This site provide information from Williams' colleagues at University of California.
Marvin X 1944–
Marvin X 1944–
Always a controversial and confrontational figure, Marvin X was banned from teaching at state universities in the 1960s by the then state governor, Ronald Reagan. When asked in 2003 what had happened to the Black Arts Movement, Marvin X told Lee Hubbard: “I am still working on it, telling it like it is.”
Poetry, Proverbs, and Lyrics