Famous Black Short Story Writers

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She is popular for writing novels, such as Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She is credited with popularizing African literature among a new generation of readers, especially in the United States. In 2015, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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N. K. Jemisin
(Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer Known for Her 'Inheritance' Trilogy)
N. K. Jemisin
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Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, United States

N. K. Jemisin became the first writer to win the Hugo Best Novel award thrice consecutively and is best known for her Inheritance trilogy and her Broken Earth series. The African-American author is also a trained psychologist and has worked as a counsellor in several universities.

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Claude McKay
(Writer)
Claude McKay
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Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948

Claude McKay was a poet who played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. Remembered for his work If We Must Die, a poem written in response to mob attacks on African-American communities by white Americans, McKay was named the national poet of Jamaica in 1977. For his contribution to literature, he was posthumously honored with the Order of Jamaica.

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Nella Larsen
(American Novelist Who is Considered as the Most Important Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance)
Nella Larsen
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Birthdate: April 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 30, 1964

Nella Larsen was an American novelist who also worked as a librarian and nurse. Among her literary work were her novels, Quicksand and Passing; the latter was adapted into a film of the same name in 2021. Larsen's work has gained renewed interest since the 20th century. Today, she is recognized as the most important novelist of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Edwidge Danticat
(Novelist and Short Story Writer Known for Her Books: ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’, ‘Krik? Krak!’ and ‘Everything Inside’)
Edwidge Danticat
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Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Apparently, Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, known for books such as Breath, Eyes, Memory, had begun writing to escape the bullying she faced because of her Haitian ways after she moved to the U.S. as a young girl. Although her parents wanted her to study medicine, she took up French literature.

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Charles W. Chesnutt
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Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 1932
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John Edgar Wideman
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Birthdate: June 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Alice Dunbar Nelson
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Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 18, 1935
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Edward P. Jones
(Novelist)
Edward P. Jones
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Dambudzo Marechera
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Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
Died: August 18, 1987
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Ayi Kwei Armah
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Birthdate: October 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Takoradi, Ghana
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Helen Oyeyemi
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Birthdate: December 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
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James Alan McPherson
(Former essayist, short-story writer who was first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
James Alan McPherson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: July 27, 2016
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Fatou Diome
(Writer)
Fatou Diome
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Senegal
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Ann Petry
(Writer)
Ann Petry
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Birthdate: October 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 28, 1997
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Paule Marshall
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Birthdate: April 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 12, 2019
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Toni Tone
(Writer)
Toni Tone
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Birthdate: June 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nigeria
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Pauline Hopkins
(Novelist)
Pauline Hopkins
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Birthdate: 1859 AD
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: August 13, 1930
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Earl Lovelace
(Novelist)
Earl Lovelace
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Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toco, Trinidad and Tobago
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Rudolph Fisher
(Physician)
Rudolph Fisher
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Birthdate: May 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 26, 1934
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Can Themba
(Writer)
Can Themba
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Birthdate: June 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: 1968 AD
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Yvonne Vera
(Author)
Yvonne Vera
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Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: April 7, 2005
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Jonas Hassen Khemiri
(Swedish Writer, Novelist, Playwright, and Essayist)
Jonas Hassen Khemiri
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Birthdate: December 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Jonas Hassen Khemiri is a Swedish writer who has authored novels, plays, short stories, and essays. Khemiri's work has been translated into over 25 languages and he has received several prestigious awards, such as the August Prize. In 2017, his short story was published in the New Yorker, making him the first Swedish writer to have achieved this feat.

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Charles Mungoshi
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Birthdate: December 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: February 16, 2019
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Lewis Nkosi
(South African Novelist, Essayist and Poet)
Lewis Nkosi
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Birthdate: December 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: September 5, 2010

South African writer Lewis Nkosi had initially been a journalist for the Zulu-English paper Ilanga lase Natal. After receiving a scholarship to Harvard, he was exiled from his country by the Suppression of Communism Act. His critical essays appeared in Home and Exile, and his themes included politics and sexuality.

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Ibi Zoboi
(Writer)
Ibi Zoboi
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Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Djibril Tamsir Niane
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Birthdate: January 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea
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Richard Rive
(South African Writer)
Richard Rive
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Birthdate: March 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: June 4, 1989

Richard Rive, regarded as one of the greatest short story writers of South Africa, mostly wrote on themes such as apartheid. His signature style includes a combination of realistic dialogue and imaginative scenarios. He had also had a PhD from Oxford and lectured at renowned institutes such as Harvard.

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Paulina Chiziane
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Birthdate: June 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manjacaze, Mozambique
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Aminata Sow Fall
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Birthdate: April 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Senegal
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Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
(Historian, Novelist)
Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
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Birthdate: May 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Davidson Nicol
(Diplomat)
Davidson Nicol
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Birthdate: September 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: September 20, 1994
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A. Igoni Barrett
(Nigerian Novelist and Short Story Writer)
A. Igoni Barrett
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Birthdate: March 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
A. Igoni Barrett is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer. Best known for his debut novel Blackass, Barrett was named among other influential writers in Africa39's list of authors aged under 40 in 2014. A. Igoni Barrett was also a recipient of a Charles Dickens Award at the 2021 International London Literary Award.
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Abdourahman Waberi
(Novelist, essayist, poet, academic and short-story writer from Djibouti)
Abdourahman Waberi
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Birthdate: July 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Djibouti City, Djibouti
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Zee Edgell
(Author of Beka Lamb (1982))
Zee Edgell
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Birthdate: October 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belize City, Belize
Died: December 20, 2020
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Sony Labou Tansi
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Birthdate: June 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kimwenza, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: June 14, 1995
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William Modisane
(South African Writer and Actor)
William Modisane
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Birthdate: August 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: March 1, 1986

Best known for his banned memoir Blame Me on History, South African-born British author William Modisane explored themes such as apartheid laws. As a child, he had witnessed his father’s murder and his sister’s death due to malnutrition. A journalist and critic, he had begun his career with Drum magazine.

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Kekla Magoon
(Writer)
Kekla Magoon
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Michigan, U.S.
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María Nsué Angüe
(Known for her 1985 novel Ekomo which was the first novel written by an Equatoguinean woman to be published)
María Nsué Angüe
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Equatorial Guinea
Died: January 18, 2017
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Diriye Osman
(Painter, Writer)
Diriye Osman
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
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Quince Duncan
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Birthdate: December 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San José
Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin
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Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Kassala, Sudan
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Bushra Elfadil
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Araggi, Northern State of Sudan
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Florent Couao-Zotti
(Writer of comics, plays, and short stories)
Florent Couao-Zotti
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Benin
Jean-Baptiste Abessolo
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Birthdate: February 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oyem, Gabon
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Mansour El Souwaim
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Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nyala, Sudan
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Sabah Sanhouri
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Birthdate: December 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan