The Black Prairie Archives
The Black Prairie Archives recovers a new regional archive of “Black prairie” literature, and includes writing that ranges from work by 19th century Black fur traders and pioneers, all of it published here for the first time, to contemporary writing of the 21st century. This anthology establishes a new Black prairie literary tradition and transforms inherited understandings of what prairie literature looks and sounds like. It collects varied and unique work by writers who were both conscious and unconscious of themselves as Black writers or as “prairie” people.
Karina Vernon’s anthology, The Black Prairie Archives, is readable, engaging, lively, polyphonic, political and literary, and simply impossible to reduce to simple periodization or even to a set of aesthetic values.- Ian Williams
"The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology was an illuminating, affirming, enraging, revelatory, exciting, and daunting read. . .. This 580-page anthology serves as a mere introduction to the myriad of Black lives in the Prairies. We are here. We have been here. We have histories here. We have futures here. . .. This book is a portal. An opening to the may more stories to be told from our past, our present, and our future. "- Safia Siad