Nella Larsen (1891-1964) wrote two novels, Quicksand and Passing, as well as various short tales. In 1930, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to write her third novel, but after failing to find a publisher, she dropped out of the literary scene and went to work as a nurse in New York City. Ntozake Shange is a playwright and poet from the United States. Shange is a critic of the Black Arts Movement and a black feminism. She majored in American Studies at Barnard College then went on to UCLA to pursue a master's degree in the same discipline.
For colored girls who have thought suicide/when the rainbow is enough, her most famous work, which received the Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the AUDELCO Award, traveled from Off-Broadway to Broadway and won the Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the AUDELCO Award. Mae Henderson is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English professor. She has published numerous works on pedagogy, diasporic writing and performance, cultural studies and critique, and black feminist criticism and theory. Her essay Speaking in Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics, and the Literary Tradition of African Women Writers was widely anthologized.
Henderson is also the coeditor (with John Blassingame) of the five-volume Antislavery Newspapers and Periodicals: An Annotated Index of Letters, 1817-1871, and the editor of Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology and Borders, Boundaries and Frames.