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Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers

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Standing at the crossroads of American literature and the current African American renaissance, Giant Steps presents a vibrant and wonderfully diverse collection of young black writing. Through generous selections of award-winning poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers born after 1960, this groundbreaking anthology welcomes readers into the future of African American writing.

Taking its spirit and title from the John Coltrane composition released in 1960, Giant Steps offers an extraordinary window into post-civil rights literature. From Edwidge Danticat and Colson Whitehead to Rebecca Walker and Hilton Als, these authors are not "emerging" but have already arrived. They are National Book Award finalists and winners of the National Poetry Series and the Pushcart Prize. They have been featured in The New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek as our brightest stars; they have been heard through National Public Radio, Rhino Records, and Oprah's Book Club. Previously unpublished works by Danzy Senna, Philippe Wamba, and Elizabeth Alexander run alongside contemporary classics. They are popular and prophetic, literary and experimental. Together with a useful bibliography of current writing and a discography of influential music from soul to jazz to hip-hop, Giant Steps celebrates the complexities of race while paying tribute to the personal and collective histories that are forging this new generation.The writers found in Giant Steps are not "emerging" but have already arrived. From Best American Poetry and O. Henry Award winners to National Book Award finalists and Oprah's Book Club members, the thirty-five authors selected here are some of the best and the brightest writing today.

The book features the full diversity of the African American experience, discussing everything from slavery to sexuality, growing up poor, gay, biracial, or all three. There are stories about the American Revolution, slave insurrections, and the year 1979; there are poems about loss and Sam Cooke; essays about sharecropping and the New South. New and unpublished writing by Danzy Senna, Colson Whitehead, and Darieck Scott is collected alongside work by such favorites as Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Powell, Hilton Als, and Randall Keenan. The writers in Giant Steps are at the heart of what's happening in contemporary culture, and this anthology welcomes readers to the future and powerful present of African American writing.The writers found in Giant Steps are not "emerging" but have already arrived. From Best American Poetry and O. Henry Award winners to National Book Award finalists and Oprah's Book Club members, the thirty-five authors selected here are some of the best and the brightest writing today.

The book features the full diversity of the African American experience, discussing everything from slavery to sexuality, growing up poor, gay, biracial, or all three. There are stories about the American Revolution, slave insurrections, and the year 1979; there are poems about loss and Sam Cooke; essays about sharecropping and the New South. New and unpublished writing by Danzy Senna, Colson Whitehead, and Darieck Scott is collected alongside work by such favorites as Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Powell, Hilton Als, and Randall Keenan. The writers in Giant Steps are at the heart of what's happening in contemporary culture, and this anthology welcomes readers to the future and powerful present of African American writing.

Synopsis:

From some of the best and brightest young African American writers today comes a groundbreaking collection of fiction, essays, and poetry.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p.[345]-351) and index. Discography: p. [353]-357.

About the Author

Kevin Young's first book, Most Way Home, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton and won the Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. His subsequent poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, and Code; his work has also been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and in The Beacon Best of 1999. A former Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University, Young is currently an assistant professor of English and African American studies at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Table of Contents

Kevin Young: The black psychic hotline, or the future of African American writing — Elizabeth Alexander: What I'm telling you ; Nineteen ; Frank Willis ; Stella by starlight ; Deadwood Dick ; Overture: Watermelon City ; Race ; Blues ; Feminist poem number one — Hilton Als : from The women — Anthony Butts: A Poe story ; Becoming the ghost ; Self-portrait with Clark Street Cadillac — Detroit, one a.m. ; Machines ; The loudest sound — Edwidge Danticat: The book of the dead — Thomas Sayers Ellis: View of the Library of Congress from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School ; Fatal April ; Being there ; Hush yo mouf ; Photograph of Dr. Funkenstein ; Atomic bride — Carolyn Ferrell: Can you say my name? — Ruth Forman: Haiku I ; The Williams side of the family ; Blue poem III ; Show me the ankles of justice ; Cancer ; Momma died when my wisdom teeth come in — Even If I was Cleopatra Jones — Terrance Hayes: Shafro ; I want to be fat ; Neckbones ; Candied yams ; What I am ; Goliath poem ; When the neighbors fight ; Some luminous distress ; Summer — Allison Joseph: Salt ; Learning the blues ; Family life ; Home girl talks girlhood ; On being told I don't speak like a Black person — John Keene: Jackie Robinson in Sportsmen's Park, 1949 ; Cecil's consolation (1942) ; One revolution ; Winter elegy ; Why I love my father.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688168766
Subtitle:
The New Generation of African American Writers
Editor:
Young, Kevin
Author:
Young, Kevin
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Afro-american authors
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
African Americans
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
98-498
Publication Date:
20000216
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.26x6.04x1.08 in. .80 lbs.

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