Famous Black Short Story Writers

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 1 James Baldwin

James Baldwin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 1, 1987

Amongst the greatest writers of the 20th century and a leading literary voice in the civil rights movement, James Baldwin extensively explored issues like race, sexuality and humanity in his work. His best known work include his debut novel Go Tell It on the Mountain and his books of essays Notes of a Native Son and Nobody Knows My Name.

 2 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 3 Claude McKay

Claude McKay
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 4 Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles W. Chesnutt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 1932

 5 John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 6 Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 7 Dambudzo Marechera

Dambudzo Marechera
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
Died: August 18, 1987
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 8 Ayi Kwei Armah

Ayi Kwei Armah
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Takoradi, Ghana

 9 Alice Dunbar Nelson

Alice Dunbar Nelson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 18, 1935

 10 Ann Petry

Ann Petry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 28, 1997

 11 Flora Nwapa

Flora Nwapa
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oguta, Nigeria
Died: October 16, 1993

 12 Paule Marshall

Paule Marshall
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 12, 2019

 13 Fatou Diome

Fatou Diome
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Senegal

 14 Grace Ogot

Grace Ogot
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asembo, Kenya
Died: March 18, 2015

 15 Pauline Hopkins

Pauline Hopkins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1859 AD
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: August 13, 1930

 16 Earl Lovelace

Earl Lovelace
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toco, Trinidad and Tobago

 17 Can Themba

Can Themba
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: 1968 AD

 18 Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: April 7, 2005

 19 Rudolph Fisher

Rudolph Fisher
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 26, 1934

 20 Charles Mungoshi

Charles Mungoshi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: February 16, 2019

 21 Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 22 Djibril Tamsir Niane

Djibril Tamsir Niane
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: January 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea

 23 Richard Rive

Richard Rive
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 24 Aminata Sow Fall

Aminata Sow Fall
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Senegal

 25 Davidson Nicol

Davidson Nicol
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: September 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: September 20, 1994

 26 Sony Labou Tansi

Sony Labou Tansi
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kimwenza, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: June 14, 1995

 27 Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Michigan, U.S.

 28 Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin

Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Kassala, Sudan

 29 Quince Duncan

Quince Duncan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San José

 30 Bushra Elfadil

Bushra Elfadil
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Araggi, Northern State of Sudan

 31 Sabah Sanhouri

Sabah Sanhouri
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

 32 Jean-Baptiste Abessolo

Jean-Baptiste Abessolo
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oyem, Gabon

 33 Mansour El Souwaim

Mansour El Souwaim
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nyala, Sudan

 34 Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

 35 Diriye Osman

Diriye Osman
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Famous As: Painter, Writer
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 36 Paulina Chiziane

Paulina Chiziane
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manjacaze, Mozambique