Diane McKinney-Whetstone

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Diane McKinney-Whetstone (born August 14, 1953) is an African American author and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Creative Writing program faculty.[1] Her works of fiction have won numerous awards, including the BCALA Literary Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. in 2005[2] and 2009 [3]

Family life[edit]

The second of five daughters born to Pennsylvania State Senator Paul McKinney and his wife Bessie, with an older brother and sister from her mother’s first marriage. Diane received a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. She is married to Greg Whetstone and they have twins, Taiwo, a daughter and Kehinde, a son.

Writing fiction[edit]

McKinney-Whetstone began writing when she was 39, joining the Rittenhouse Writer's Group, founded by University of Pennsylvania instructor James Rahn. She won a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for a 500-page first draft. Her first novel, Tumbling, was published in 1996 by William Morrow and Company.


  • Tumbling, 1996
  • Tempest Rising, 1998
  • Blues Dancing, 1999
  • Leaving Cecil Street, 2004
  • Trading Dreams at Midnight, 2008
  • 'Philadelphia Blues'
  • Lazaretto, 2016

Awards and recognition[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ University of Pennsylvania [1], accessed January 31, 2011.
  2. ^ American Library Association [2], accessed January 31, 2011
  3. ^ American Library Association [3], accessed January 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Anthenaeum of Philadelphia [4], accessed January 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Go On Girl Book Club [5], accessed January 31, 2011.
  6. ^ American Library Association [6], accessed January 31, 2011
  7. ^ American Library Association [7], accessed January 31, 2011.

External links[edit]