Black History Month: Miami Syle

Local black authors weave the tale of South Florida through the pages of their books. As communities celebrate Black History Month, the poetry and prose of black Miami are plentiful in bookstores and online.

“These are not just Miami stories,’’ said Jamaican author Geoffrey Philp. “They are the stories about our communities.’


South Florida offers a rich variety of black authors writing from a local perspective. Most of the books can be found on, or on the author’s websites. Here’s a small sampling of local offerings:

Michele Jessica Fievre, Her work appears in Haiti Noir,

Edwidge Danticat, Award-Winning Author, Breath, Eyes, Memory, Krik Krak, Behind the Mountains” and Create Dangerously : The Immigrant Artist at Work

Geoffrey Philp, Uncle Obadiah and The Alien, Dub Wise, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories and Benjamin My Son ,

Preston Allen, Churchboys and Other Sinners, All or Nothing , Jesus Boy

Joanne Hyppolite, Seth and Samona and Ola Shakes It Up

Mamie Pinder, Let My American “Soul” Speak A Poem Tells A Story

Marvin Dunn, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century

Michelle Duplan, It’s A Deer Story,

Donna Weir-Soley, Eroticism, Spirituality and Resistance in Black Women’s Writings

Andrea Shaw, The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies

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