|Diverse Authors: Frankie’s List|
Frankie Y. Bailey, building on work started by the late Eleanor Taylor Bland, began to compile a list of published African American crime writers over a decade ago. As her part of this study, Frankie has expanded the list to include other WOC and LGBT writers.
We fully acknowledge Eleanor’s initial achievement as well as the contributions of Maria Kelson (the first Eleanor Taylor Bland Grant winner), and Jessie Chandler, both of whom provided content. Nevertheless, the rest of the publishing summit team are delighted to over-rule the protests of the list’s author and name this important and ongoing resource Frankie’s List, after SinC’s first African American president.
Why a List?
On the most practical level, it’s a resource for any organizer of a convention, conference, or festival who is trying to make an event more diverse. It’s a resource for librarians building collections that re ect their communities. It’s a resource for teachers in need of role models for students. It’s also an answer to anyone in the mystery community who claims that diverse authors are not there to be found.
Who Is On It?
SinC has always been open to women and men, although our mission is to support women crime writers in achieving equity. We have taken the decision to include men of color and gay, bisexual and trans men on Frankie’s List—in other words, to be “radically inclusive”—because we believe the difficulties experienced by men in these groups are so similar to the difficulties of women as a group, that to exclude them would be to take a step away from our core values. We have included any author with at least one published mystery novel or three short stories.
We haven’t yet included writers with disabilities. When we discussed the makeup of Frankie’s List, we had still to investigate the experiences of WWD. We suspected that disability might be an unwelcome identification for individuals, as well as being problematic to determine without intrusion. (Read Part 2 of the full Diversity report where we return to this topic).
Though Frankie’s List focuses on writers, not characters, you may find character lists online, for example at Stan Ulrich & Lucinda Surber’s Stop, You’re Killing Me website.
Growing and Improving Frankie's List
With the aim of being “radically inclusive," we decided we would rather ask for forgiveness than permission and have cast the net widely, including all writers who have self-identified as belonging to these groups. We warmly invite any published WOC or LGBT writer who would like to be added to Frankie's List . By the same token, if anyone who is on the list would like to be removed please let us know! Request an addition to or removal from Frankie's List.
African American Writers
Asian American / Asian Writers
1. Cha, Steph
South Asian American / South Asian / South Asian British Writers
1. Jacob, Mira
Native American Writers
1. Cox, Jessie
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