Among the authors covered are: Marita Bonner Annie Louise Burton Pearl Cleage Michelle Cliff Lucille Clifton Jayne Cortez Mari Evans Jarena Lee Diane Oliver Henrietta Cordelia Ray Shay Youngblood and many more. Each entry provides a biography, a discussion of major works, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students and general readers will welcome this guide to the rich achievement of African American women. Literature students will value its exploration of the works of these writers, while social studies students will appreciate its examination of the social issues these women confront in their works. FEATURES AND BENEFITS: Includes entries on more than 150 African American women novelists, poets, playwrights, autobiographers, essayists, influential scholars, and short fiction writers. Provides a selected, general bibliography. Includes alphabetical and chronological lists of authors. Lists authors according to the genres in which they worked. Lists winners of major literary awards. Helps literature students understand the contribution of women writers to African American literature. Helps literature students understand work in different genres. Helps social studies students gain greater understanding of African American culture. Promotes respect for cultural diversity.