10 Black Women Writers You Should Read Right Now

These next-generation literary lights deserve to be on your radar

ZORA Editors
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3 min readJan 7, 2020


TThe ZORA Canon, our first-of-its-kind list of the 100 most important books written by Black American women, celebrates established literary giants. To shine a light on the next generation of greats, we asked a few of our contributors and columnists — Feminista Jones, L’Oreal Thompson Payton, Erika Stallings, and Danielle Jacksonto point us toward the writers whose literary futures they believe are shining most brightly. Here are their selections.

Anoa Changa, an Atlanta-based attorney and political analyst, has written on topics ranging from the challenges of being an activist to voter suppression in Georgia to the 2020 presidential nominees.

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Andie J. Christopher is a USA Today bestselling author of romance novels, including Not the Girl You Marry, Not That Kind of Guy, the “One Night in South Beach” series, and Full Contact.