Encyclopedia of African-American Writing

“…this third edition of Encyclopedia of African-American Writing includes 30 new entries (bringing the total to some 800) and an updated and more extensive section of primary resources, adding 250 pages overall. Most entries are profiles of fiction writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, preachers, politicians, journalists, and academics/intellectuals. However, many entries are devoted to subjects (e.g., Black Lives Matter, Black Power, folklore, dialect) and publications (newspapers, magazines, and journals such as Chicago Defender, Black Scholar, Ebony, Essence). Entries are detailed, concise, and informative.

Summing Up: Recommended…”
-CHOICE, 2019

“Hundred of entries are updated, and 30 brand-new entries are included… The greatest benefit of this work is the inclusion of nonliterary writers and many lesser-known figures… Recommended for all academic and public library collections.”
-ARBA, 2018

"While photographs of the featured writers are scarce, this minor criticism is far outweighed by the standout quality and scope of this work. Cross-referenced with other print and electronic works and indexed meticulously, this is a must-have purchase"
- School Library Journal

"Overall, this is a great improvement over the previous edition and an excellent quick reference source for information an African American authors. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.”

"The format is clear and concise and includes information on each writer's life as well as on the person's work and influence. Readers will find themselves becoming acquainted with many unfamiliar people who often were connected to well-known movements or organizations [and] students will also find subjects for research projects here. The book would be a good addition to a school or public library."
- Voice of Youth Advocates

"Finding information about African American writers has always entailed searching a variety of resources ... the benefit of having information on so many authors in one place cannot be overstated. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries."
- Booklist

"While novelists, poets, and playwrights do figure prominently, the intention is to include influential writers from all walks of life ... This inclusiveness sets this guide apart from many others available ... The result is a handy new tool which will serve a wide audience in school, public, and academic libraries."
- Lawrence Looks at Books

"Hatch ... and Strickland ... are to be commended; no other single work seeks to include all past and present African American writers of significance in such an affordable format ... The comprehensiveness of the work, its affordability, and the promise of future updates make this an appealing choice for all public and academic libraries."
- Library Journal