"When this classic collection was published in 1984, the writers Claudia Tate interviewed were engaged in the creative work that produced new Black feminist terrains. Today Black Women Writers at Work serves as a much-needed reminder that the imagination always blazes trails that lead us toward more habitable futures."
–Angela Y. Davis, author of Freedom is a Constant Struggle
"This is a gorgeous and essential collection of writings from a group of the most important Black women writers. I have turned to repeatedly over the past thirty years and I'm thrilled that Haymarket has republished it for another generation to treasure."–Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine
"[A] rare, rich source books for writers, readers, teachers,
students–all who care about literature and the creation of it... This
collection transcends its genre. It becomes a harbinger book, a book of
revelation, of haunting challenge, opening on to central concerns not
only of writing, but of life, of living, today." –Tillie Olson, from the
"Tate's probing, provocative and insightful questions set a new standard for the interview as a genre."
–Valerie Smith, Princeton University