Suggested Readings and Poetry

While this list is not exhaustive or exclusive, it is wide ranging in audience. The goal of reaching out to those who can’t see themselves in a story is to gain more diverse perspectives. Literature is largely related to fiction, but we should view it (and the writers of it) as something concrete. People of color’s experiences are part of the human experience, and only when that is realized in our art forms can those identities can be realized in the West.


The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

White Teeth, Zaddie Smith

After Dark, Haruki Murakami

Love Poems, Pablo Neruda

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed

Another Country, James Baldwin

Kindred, Octavia E. Butler

Foreign Soil, Maxine Beneba Clarke

Open City,Teju Cole

Saree, Su Dharmapala

Manhattan Dreaming, Anita Heiss



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