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About the Author
Claudia Tate (1947-2002) was a professor of English and African-American
studies at Princeton University, known for her innovative contributions
to African-American literary criticism. Black Women Writers at Work was Tate's first book.
"When this classic collection was published in 1984, the writers Claudia Tate interviewed were engaged in the creative work that produced new Black feminist terrains. Today Black Women Writers at Work serves as a much-needed reminder that the imagination always blazes trails that lead us toward more habitable futures."
--Angela Y. Davis, author of Freedom is a Constant Struggle
--Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine "[A] rare, rich source books for writers, readers, teachers,
students--all who care about literature and the creation of it... This
collection transcends its genre. It becomes a harbinger book, a book of
revelation, of haunting challenge, opening on to central concerns not
only of writing, but of life, of living, today."
--Tillie Olson, from the
"Tate's probing, provocative and insightful questions set a new standard for the interview as a genre."
--Valerie Smith, Princeton University