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African American Women Writers

Audre Lorde (1934-1992), American poet, non-fiction writer, educator, and activist, was a pioneering voice in African-American poetry of the late twentieth century. Lorde is often associated with the Black Arts Movement, a group of writers and artists that emerged in the 1960s with the aim of exploring the cultural and political underpinnings of the African-American experience. While many other African-American writers of her generation framed their social critiques within a broad political context, Lorde remained focused primarily on the potentially transformative power of interpersonal relationships. Her writings often celebrate the quotidian beauty of everyday life, particularly the hardships and joys involved with parenting. Her work is also known for its candid and sensitive depictions of lesbian sexuality, and many critics consider her love poems to be among her best work. Although capable of extreme sensitivity and compassion, Lorde's work is equally defined by an underlying sense of rage. Indeed, she used her poetry as a weapon, attacking racism and other forms of social injustice in a style that was often brutally direct, accusatory and uncompromising.

Genre: Antiracist literature; Autobiographies and memoirs; Essays; Life stories; Poetry; Society and culture

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