Barbara Smith (ed.): Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983)

6 June 2020, dusan

“The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women’s lives and writings.”

The book grew out of Conditions magazine’s November 1979 issue, edited by Barbara Smith and Lorraine Bethel. Conditions 5 was “the first widely distributed collection of Black feminist writing in the U.S.”

Contributors: Tania Abdulahad, Donna Allegra, Barbara A. Banks, Becky Birtha, Julie Carter, Cenen, Cheryl Clarke, Michelle Cliff, Michelle T. Clinton, Willie M. Coleman, Toi Derricotte, Alexis De Veaux, Jewelle L. Gomez, Akasha (Gloria) Hull, Patricia Jones, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Raymina Y. Mays, Deidre McCalla, Chirlane McCray, Pat Parker, Linda C. Powell, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Spring Redd, Gwendolyn Rogers, Kate Rushin, Ann Allen Shockley, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Shirley O. Steele, Luisah Teish, Jameelah Waheed, Alice Walker, and Renita Weems.

Publisher Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, New York, 1983
Reprint Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 2000
ISBN 0913175021, 9780913175026
lviii+376 pages

Reviews: Melba Wilson (Feminist Review, 1984), Gabrielle Daniels (Women’s Review of Books, 1984), C. Lynn Munro (Black American Literature Forum, 1984), Linda Pannill (Callaloo, 1984), Caroline A. Streeter (Off Our Back, 1984), Hortense Spillers (Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 1984).


PDF (7 MB)

See also This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981) and Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (1995).

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