She Gathers Me: Networks Among Black Women Writers

Often our engagement with contemporary Black writers is through published works like novels, essays, and speeches, yet an exploration into their letters, journals, calendars, and photographs reveals surprising and interesting intersections between these writers. Due to ways in which Black women have been marginalized in publishing it is necessary to use archives to map the deep writing networks among these women writers.

"She Gathers Me" examines the connections found within intimate correspondences, personal projects, and speaking engagements and furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of Black women writers beyond their published works. Through archival collections, we are granted insight into how these writers supported, challenged, and associated with one another.

This exhibition explores the networks created among Black women writers through four lenses:

  • Collective
  • SisterWriters
  • Dialogue
  • Remembrance


Visit Special Collections

If you are interested in seeing more of the collections, visit the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library on level 10 of the Woodruff Library. Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.