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Stephanie Stokes Oliver is the author of Daily Cornbread: 365 Secrets for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit; Seven Soulful Secrets for Finding Your Purpose & Minding Your Mission; and Song for My Father: Memoir of an All-American Family. Formerly the editor of Essence, and founding editor-in-chief of Heart & Soul, she started her magazine career at Glamour. For more information, see StephanieStokesOliver.com.

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most decorated poets of our time. She is the recipient of seven NAACP Image Awards, a National Book Award, a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Grammy nomination. She is the author of three New York Times bestsellers as well as many poetry collections for children and adults. You can visit her online at Nikki-Giovanni.com.

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"An informative overview of African-American literature. Revelatory. . . moving. . . impressive."







* Kirkus Review *
"Black writers have used writing and reading to create, find and sometimes save their lives. Stephanie Stokes Oliver invites the reader into a black magic circle of incendiary, replenishing and inspiring ideas, memories and meditations on the power of literacy and imagination by the writers we treasure. It was a pleasure to re-read established classics and discover new classic arguments for the power of the written and read word."



-- Marita Golden * Living Out Loud: A Writer's Journey *
"This electric and electrifying collection of voices serves to open a much needed window onto the freedom struggle of black literature. It's a marvel, and a genuine gift for readers everywhere." -- Wil Haygood * The Butler: A Witness to History *
"A breathtaking anthology celebrating the power of the written word to forge change." * O, the Oprah Magazine *

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