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Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte is the author of The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include, among many others, the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, two Pushcart Prizes and the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists. Derricotte is the co-founder of Cave Canem Foundation (with Cornelius Eady), Professor Emerita at the University of Pittsburgh and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Nonfiction

Fall 1991

From the Black Notebooks

By Toi Derricotte

INTRODUCTION The following selection of autobiographical prose is taken from The Black Notebooks, which I began writing in 1974 when we became one of the first black families to move […]

Weekend Reads

From the Black Notebooks

By Toi Derricotte

From The Kenyon Review, New Series, Fall 1991, Vol. XIII, No. 4 Introduction The following selection of autobiographical prose is taken from The Black Notebooks, which I began writing in […]