Terry McMillan

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
– Toni Morrison

Doris Jean Austin

Martha Southgate

Ishmael Reed

Louise Erdrich

Heidi W. Durrow

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Paulo Coelho

Elizabeth Strout

Michael Chabon

Jane Smiley

Jhumpa Lahiri

David Sedaris

Pearl Cleage

Sandra Cisneros

Brady Udall

Uwem Akpan

Ben Okri

Zadie Smith

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Miranda July

Vendela Vida

Ernessa T. Carter

Arthur Flowers

Jane Ganahl

Christina Garcia

Ruth-Miriam Garnett

Nelson George

Kaye Gibbons

Marita Golden

Anthony Grooms

Jessica Hagedorn

E Lynn Harris

Oscar Hijuelos

John Holman

Gish Jen

Charles Johnson

Guy Johnson

Tananarive Due

Jewel Parker Rhodes

Elizabeth Nunez

Tina McElroy Ansa

Edward P. Jones

Gayl Jones

Sarah Jones

Solomon Jones

Tayari Jones

Nora Okja Keller

Oonya Kempadoo

Randall Kenan

Jamaica Kincaid

ZZ Packer

Barbara Kingsolver

Maxine Hong Kingston

Kristin Hunter Lattany

Victor D. LaValle

Chang-Rae Lee

Helen Elaine Lee

William Henry Lewis

Danielle Evans

Yiyun Li

Christine Lincoln

Zelda Lockhart

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Brandon Massey

Amy Tan

Bernice McFadden

Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Reginald McKnight

Ana Menendez

Mary Monroe

Walter Mosely

Quincy Troupe

Colson Whitehead

Dave Eggers

Toni Morrison

Alice Walker

Jean Thompson

Touré

Victoria Rowell

Portia Cosby

Sapphire

Roxane Gay
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Kalisha Buckhanon
Yaa Gyasi
Jacqueline Woodson
Yvette Edwards
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Jesmyn Ward
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rebecca Walker
J. California Cooper
Warsan Shire
Rebecca Solnit
Van Jones
Kevin Powell
Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Paul Beatty
Issa Rae
Octavia Butler