Recognizing African American Writers for Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we are honored to share the work of many celebrated African American and Black authors who have contributed to our magazine over the years. We thank you for your voice, your work, and your willingness to share your pieces with us.


Contributors to Solstice  (alphabetical order by first name):

Aafa2Afaa M. Weaver
In Shin Lin Night Market with my Lover
Noodles in Guan Gong with Grandfather
Tea Plantations and Women in Black



Alysia Nicole HarrisAlysia Nicole Harris

Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry Winner: Crow’s Sugar


elireed_th_wEli Reed





ElizabethdeSouzaElizabeth de Souza

THE KNOTTY ONE: Obscurity and the Black Male Artist 



Danez Smith Danez Smith


Character Work: Family (for Uganda)

Eric Charles MayEric Charles May

An American Family 



Helen-Elaine-Lee_1002Helen Elaine Lee

This Kind of Red


Jabari_th_wJabari Asim




JoyPriest_thJoy Priest

The Young Just Live



Karima GrantKarima Grant
Fiction Second Runner Up: The Education of Aicha
The Chameleon
Kings and Teggins


Kent ForemanKent Foreman
Right Now (It’s About Time)


Kim McLarinKim McLarin

Border Dance



Lou JonesLou Jones

Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row


Marlon CareyMarlon Carey


Major JacksonMajor Jackson

Night Steps 



Rae Paris

The Hanging Tree 



Reggie O'Hare GibsonRegie O’Hare Gibson

Eulogy of Jimi Christ
Creation Myth


Ross GayRoss Gay



Sean DesVignesSean DesVignes 



Terri SuttonTerri Sutton

Am I Ugly?


Trent MasikiTrent Masiki

Whiskey Under the Mattress, Playboy on the Porch



Valerie Wilson WesleyValerie Wilson Wesley

Long Gone, A Tamara Hayle Mystery – Chapter One





WesleyBrownWesley Brown

Too Young for the Blues

Zazz Zu Zazz


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