BIPOC Voices

Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry: #ownvoices work by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color authors.

Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

by Jamia Wilson Author and Andrea Pippins Illustrator

Short bios, relevant quotes, and vividly colorful illustrations combine to spotlight 52 of history’s black…

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Weird but Normal: Essays on the Awkward, Uncomfortable, Surprisingly Regular Parts of Being Human

Weird but Normal: Essays on the Awkward, Uncomfortable, Surprisingly Regular Parts of Being Human

by Mia Mercado Author

In this hilarious collection of essays, author Mia Mercado explores what it means to be a millenial woman. From gender…

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Friday Black: Stories

Friday Black: Stories

by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Author

A collection of short stories set in a dystopian near-future. Titled after the consumer "holiday,"  the…

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

by Issa Rae Author

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae waxes…

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You Can't Touch My Hair: and Other Things I Still Have to Explain

You Can't Touch My Hair: and Other Things I Still Have to Explain

by Phoebe Robinson Author

A comedian and star of the 2 Dope Queens podcast, Phoebe Robinson's takes on race, gender, feminism, pop…

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We are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays

We are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays

by Samantha Irby Author

Job crap, awkward sex and dating, racism, biphobia, changing friendships, a difficult childhood, money problems, reality…

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The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

by Keah Brown Author

From the creator of the #DisabledAndCute hashtag, this is a story of a Black woman with a physical disability…

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Citizen 13660

Citizen 13660

by Mine Okubo Author

Evocative and emotionally-expressive illustrations, each paired with a caption that show life in a…

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even this page is white

even this page is white

by Vivek Shraya Author

Vivek Shraya hones her experiences as a brown trans woman in North America into sharply-pointed words and channels them…

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Black Queer Hoe

Black Queer Hoe

by Britteney Black Rose Kapri Author

A debut collection of poetry that proudly pirouettes at the intersection of sexuality and race. Rather than letting her…

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The Subtweet: A Novel

The Subtweet: A Novel

by Vivek Shraya Author

This is the best novel I've read in years. Vivek Shraya weaves a page-turning web of friendship,…

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My Personal History of Race

My Personal History of Race

by Lauren Hage Author

A short essay about how genetics, race, and PTSD can go hand in hand. Lauren writes about the effects of both childhood…

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My Personal History of Race #2

My Personal History of Race #2

by Lauren Hage Author

This is Part Two of My Personal History of Race (you can find part one here). The author talks about their journey of…

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The Crunk Feminist Collection

The Crunk Feminist Collection

by Robin M. Boylorn Author, Brittney C. Cooper Author and Susana M. Morris Author

These defining essays on Hip Hop Generation Feminism came out of the incredibly popular Crunk Feminism blog, run by a…

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Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness

Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness

by Rebecca Walker Author

This collection of essays about what it means to be "cool," particularly in relation to Blackness, packs a…

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Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab

Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab

by Huda Fahmy Author

A series of short comics with a wry, good-humored perspective on life as a Muslim-American in the US. Inside you'll…

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That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story

That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story

by Huda Fahmy Author

Comics artist Huda Fahmy shares the story of how she met and married her husband Gehad. If you're Muslim-American,…

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Indestructible: Growing Up Queer, Cuban, and Punk in Miami

Indestructible: Growing Up Queer, Cuban, and Punk in Miami

by Cristy C. Road Author

In her Miami high school Cristy Road valiantly tried to figure out and defend her queer gender identity, Cuban cultural…

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Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

by Gabby Rivera Author

This book is so good it'll have you reading bits out loud as you go, just to savor the humor and wisdom and…

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas Author

When a sixteen-year-old black girl, Starr Carter, witnesses the murder of her friend by a police officer, her surburban…

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Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

by Mitchell S. Jackson Author

Mitchell S. Jackson writes with nuance and brilliance about learning to survive in one of the whitest cities in…

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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

by Ibi Zoboi Editor

An essential collection of short fiction for and about teens about so many different facets of what it is like to be…

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Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

by Glory Edim Editor and Jesmyn Ward Contributor

A collection of essays by Black women writers about the first time they recognized themselves in the pages of a…

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely…

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Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance

Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance

by Adonia E. Lugo, PhD Author

Bicycle/Race paints an unforgettable picture of Los Angeles—and the United States—from the perspective of…

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Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

by Michael Bennett Author, Martellus Bennett Author and Dave Zirin Author

Football champion and activist Michael Bennet uses scathing humor and social critique to talk about racism and police…

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Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History

Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History

by Joel Christian Gill Author

Collecting stories from early African American history, this comic shows how people succeeded in the face of…

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The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

by Tamara Winfrey Harris Author

The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back…

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Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

by Jose Antonio Vargas Author

An immigrant who has found himself homeless and struggling, Jose Antonio Vargas says that "this is not a book…

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We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author

The word "feminist" has a negative stigma for some people. In We Should All Be Feminists—adapted from…

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author

Growing up in Enugu, Nigeria, Kambili and her brother Jaja live an upper-class life, detached from the world outside.…

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Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author

This novel is everything. At its most simplistic, it's a love story set in Nigeria, the US, and the UK. It's so…

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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise…

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All About Love: New Visions

All About Love: New Visions

by bell hooks Author

Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our…

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Women of Color & Feminism

Women of Color & Feminism

by Maythee Rojas, PhD Author

An in-depth look at feminism from the perspective of race. Rojas, a Latina from a working class background, draws on…

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Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

by W. Kamau Bell Author

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve…

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

by Trevor Noah Author

He may be a TV host, but his story is anything but normal. Learn how one of the most popular talk show personalities…

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Woman of Color

Woman of Color

by Latonya Yvette Author

In this collection of essays, interviews, photographs, and tutorials LaTonya Yvette, a popular lifestyle…

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Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by Octavia E. Butler Author, Damian Duffy Illustrator, John Jennings Illustrator and Nalo Hopkinson Author

Now in graphic novel format, Octavia Butler's classic and prescient dystopian novel. The story follows teenager…

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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by Octavia E. Butler Author, Damian Duffy Author and John Jennings Author

This graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's most celebrated and critically acclaimed work tells the story…

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The Tears of the Black Man

The Tears of the Black Man

by Alain Mabanckou Author and Dominic Thomas Translator

A dense collection of 12 essays containing an exploration of what it means to be Black in the world today.…

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Black Moses: A Novel

Black Moses: A Novel

by Alain Mabanckou Author

Our hero is an orphan named Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko—his name means…

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Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

by Samuel R. Delaney Author and Kathy Acker Foreword

First published in 1976, this innovative, highly intellectual novel by Samuel Delaney—one of science…

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Since I Laid My Burden Down

Since I Laid My Burden Down

by Brontez Purnell Author

“Since I Laid My Burden Down has a fearless (sometimes reckless) humor as Brontez Purnell interrogates what it…

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Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger

Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger

by Brontez Purnell Author

Somewhere between memoir and social analysis, Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger tells the story…

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Zero Fade

Zero Fade

by Chris L. Terry Author

Chris Terry's young adult novel Zero Fade chronicles eight days in the life of inner-city Richmond, Virginia…

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

by Erika L. Sánchez Author

The story of a pair of sisters, an untimely death, and a hunt to discover family secrets. After Julia leaves home to…

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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

by Kathleen Collins Author

Kathleen Collins was a filmmaker, poet, writer, activist, and educator, who died young in the 1980s, leaving most of her…

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There There

There There

by Tommy Orange Author

This novel follows twelve characters from Native communities as they all travel to the Big Oakland Powwow. The cast of…

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Just Another Nigger: My Life in the Black Panther Party

Just Another Nigger: My Life in the Black Panther Party

by Don Cox Author

A memoir of Don Cox's years in the Black Panther party. Cox joined a year after its founding and rose through the…

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

by Hanif Abdurraqib Author

In this collection of essays Hanif Abdurraqib interprets the world through music and culture. He writes about…

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Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

by Molly Crabapple Author

An artist turned model turned journalist whose career took off during the height of the Great Recession, Molly…

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Kindred

Kindred

by Octavia E. Butler Author

Dana, a young, Black writer, is repeatedly sent back in time from her late 20th Century cosmopolitan life in Los Angeles…

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Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese

by MariNaomi Author

In 1995, twenty-two-year-old Mari had just exited a long-term relationship, moving from Mill Valley to San Jose,…

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

by Alex Haley Author and Malcolm X Author

In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader,…

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Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Angela Davis: An Autobiography

by Angela Davis Author

Originally published in 1974 and written when Angela Davis was 25, this is a fine telling of the situations and struggle…

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Assata: An Autobiography

Assata: An Autobiography

by Assata Shakur Author

With her hands raised on a New Jersey turnpike, Assata Shakur (godmother of Tupac) was shot by state troopers, claiming…

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Hot Comb

Hot Comb

by Ebony Flowers Author

Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women’s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a…

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Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

by Imani Perry Author

A beautiful, thrilling, resonant letter from a Black parent to her children on what it means to be raising them in a…

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Kaiho (a novel)

Kaiho (a novel)

by Lauren Hage Author

A coming of age story about a small town mid-western teen struggling with the issues of: race, drugs, queer culture,…

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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

by Shonda Rhimes Author

Shonda Rhimes has created, written, and produced hit television shows like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. She is…

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Arab in America

Arab in America

by Toufic El Rassi Author

Through his own life story - from childhood to his life as an adult, Toufic El Rassi illustrates the prejudice and…

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Big Black: Stand at Attica

Big Black: Stand at Attica

by Jared Reinmuth Author, Frank “Big Black” Smith Author and Amazing Ameziane Illustrator

Big Black: Stand at Attica is a graphic novel memoir detailing one of the bloodiest days in history, September 13th…

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We've Been Too Patient

We've Been Too Patient

by L. D. Green Editor, Kelechi Ubozoh Editor, Robert Whitaker Foreword, Leah Harris Contributor, Jenny Darden Contributor, 17 more

This collection of 25 different stories delves into the current mental health culture that is plaguing our society.…

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The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band

The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band

by Michelle Cruz Gonzales Author

Though not a riot grrl band, Spitboy blazed trails for women musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, but it…

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

by Ntozake Shange Author

This book wasn't written for most people - give the title another look - but it's a living…

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Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

by Lamont Author

"What y'all thought y'all wasn't gon' see me?.... Battle-scarred shogun, explosion when my pen…

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

by Audre Lorde Author

The term Zami comes from the Carriacou word to describe women working together as friends, lovers, and companions. In…

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Decoded by Jay-Z

Decoded by Jay-Z

by Jay-Z Author

Decoded is billed as rapper Jay-Z's annotated lyrics. In reality, it's a whip-smart, beautifully written memoir…

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Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Author

Teenhood in the 1990s was full of the feeling that you could hit the road with a backpack and carve out your own life in…

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What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal

What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal

by Laina Dawes Author

With a personal Foreward by rocker Skin, What Are You Doing Here reveals the dual-outsider dilemma of black women…

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Accepting Failure

Accepting Failure

by Ana López Author

This zine feels simultaneously handwritten in a single draft and deeply thoughtful and profound. Ana traces historical…

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James Baldwin poster

James Baldwin poster

“To be Black and conscious in America is to live in a constant state of rage.”—James…

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Octavia E. Butler poster

Octavia E. Butler poster

by Octavia E. Butler Author

“There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” —Octavia E. Butler Groundbreaking…

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