Alexis De Veaux

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Alexis De Veaux
Born (1948-09-24) September 24, 1948 (age 69)
Harlem, New York, United States
Nationality United States
Occupation Writer

Alexis De Veaux (born September 24, 1948) is a black, lesbian American writer and illustrator.[1][2] She chaired the Department of Women's Studies, at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her surname also appears as DeVeaux.


She was born on September 24, 1948, in Harlem. In 1976 De Veaux received her BA from State University of New York Empire State College. De Veaux received her MA and PhD from the University of Buffalo.[1] She wrote for Essence magazine, from 1979 to 1991.[3][4][5]


  • Na-Ni, Harper & Row, 1973
  • Spirits in the street, Anchor Press, 1974
  • Gap Tooth Girlfriends: An Anthology, Gap Tooth Girlfriends Publications, 1981
  • Blue Heat: A Portfolio of Poems & Drawings, Diva Pub. Associates, 1985
  • This Far by Faith: A Writer's Autobiography, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989
  • Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday, Writers & Readers Publishing, Incorporated, 1988, ISBN 9780863161322
  • Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. W.W. Norton. 2004. ISBN 978-0-393-01954-4. 
  • Yabo, Redbone Press, 2014


  • 1972: Short story Remember Him, an Outlaw received National Black Fiction Award.
  • 1972: First prize from Black Creation for a short story.[1]
  • 1973 best production award from Westchester Community College Drama Festival for Circles.[1]
  • 1974: NA-NI received Brooklyn Museum of Art Books for Children Award.
  • 1981: Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday appeared on the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list.[1]
  • 1981: National Endowment for the Arts fellow[1]
  • 1982: Unity in Media Award[1]
  • 1984: MADRE Humanitarian Award[1]
  • 1984: Fannie Lou Hamer Award[1]
  • 1988: An Enchanted Hair Tale received American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award.[7]
  • 1991: An Enchanted Hair Tale received Lorraine Hansberry Award for Excellence in Children's Literature.
  • 2005: Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde received the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Gumbs, Alexis Pauline (February 17, 2015). "#ThisIsLuv: How My Dad Became a Queer Black Feminist". Ebony Magazine. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "De Veaux, Alexis 1948– – FREE De Veaux, Alexis 1948– information | Find De Veaux, Alexis 1948– research". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  4. ^ "De Veaux runs home - News - The Spectrum - The University of Buffalo". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  5. ^ Page, Yolanda Williams (2007). "Alexis De Veaux". Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Greenwood Publishing. ISBN 9780313334290. 
  6. ^ "Masani Alexis DeVeaux - Women's Work: a tribute to the women who make UB work - University Archives - University at Buffalo Libraries". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ Smith, Henrietta M. (1999). The Coretta Scott King Awards Book: 1970-1999. Chicago: American Library Association. p. 22. 
  8. ^ "2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award". Amazon. 

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