List of African-American writers

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This is a list of African-American authors and writers, all of whom are considered part of African-American literature, and who already have Wikipedia articles. The list also includes non-American authors and writers of African descent.

Note: Consult Who is African-American? to gain a better sense as to who can be listed as an African-American writer.


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  • Ivan Van Sertima (1935-2009), professor, author, historian, linguist and anthropologist at Rutgers University
  • Henry Van Dyke (1928-2011), novelist, editor, teacher and musician
  • Bethany Veney (c. 1813–1916), author of Aunt Betty’s Story: The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Woman (1889)
  • Olympia Vernon (born 1973), novelist

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