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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

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Bailey, Frankie Y.
Baker, Nikki
Bates, Karen Grigsby
Batts, Krys
Bland, Eleanor Taylor (deceased)
Brown, Elaine Meryl
Camacho, Austin S.
Canterbury, Patricia E.
Carter, Charlotte
Carter, Stephen L.
Chambers, Christopher
Coleman, Evelyn
Darden, Christopher
Davis, Kyra
DeLoach, Nora (deceased)
Dickey, Eric Jerome
Edwards, Grace F.
Flowers, R. Barri
Ford, Clyde
Fullilove, Eric James
Garland, Ardella (pen name of Yolanda Joe)
Garrett, Kellye
Greer, Robert
Grimes, Terris McMahan
Hall, Rachel Howzell
Hardwick, Gary
Harris, Marietta
Hayes, Teddy
Haywood, Gar Anthony (also writes as Ray Shannon)
Henry, Angela
Holton, Hugh (deceased)
James, R. Franklin
Johnson, Keith Lee
Jolivet, Myra
Jones, Solomon
Kabongo, Gledé Browne
Kelley, Norman
Lamar, Jake
Locke, Attica
Lovell, Glenville
Mallette, Gloria
Meadows, Lee
Mickelbury, Penny
Miller, C.M.
Mosley, Walter
Neely, Barbara
Olden, Marc
Phillips, Gary
Quartery, Kwei
Ramsey, Gail
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Richardson, Gwen
Robinson, Angela ( lm and TV writer)
Rudolph, Wally
Ridley, John
Samuels-Young, Pamela
Singer, Gammy
Smith, Andrea
Smith, Brian W.
Smith, Ian
Smith-Levin, Judith (deceased)
Swafford, Erika Green (TV writer)
Thomas-Graham, Pamela
Tramble, Nichelle D.
Underwood, Blair
Walker, Persia
Wesley, Valerie Wilson
West, Chassie
Woods, Paula L.

Asian American/Asian Writers

1. Cha, Steph
2. Chang, Henry
3. Chang, Leonard
4. Chupeco, Rin
5. Furutani, Dale
6. Gerritsen, Tess
7. Hirahara, Naomi
8. Lee, Don
9. Lee, YS
10. Lin, Ed
11. Ng, Celeste
12. Revoyr, Nina
13. Rowland, Laura Joh
14. Xiaolong, Qiu
15. Yu, Ovidia

South Asian American/South Asian/ South Asian British Writers

1. Jacob, Mira
2. James, Tania
3. Khan, Ausma Zehanat 4. Massey, Sujata
5. Pandian, Gigi
6. Swarup, Vikas
7. Vatsal, Radha


Hispanic/Latino/a Writers

Acevedo. Mario
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Corpi, Lucha
Cortez, Sarah (editor of anthologies)
Garcia-Aguilera, Caroline
Gaspar de Alba, Alicia
Hinojosa-Smith, Rolando
Lantigua, John
Lefeve, Claudia
LoPinto, Charles and Llamas LoPinto, Lidia
Narvaez, R.
Nava, Michael
Ortiz, Martin Hill
Ramos, Manuel
Roman, A. E.
Segura, Alex
Thurlo, Aimée (deceased)
Torres, Steven
Vasquez, Ian
Villatoro, Marcos McPeek


Native American Writers

1. Cox, Jessie
2. Erdrich, Louise
3. Hogan, Linda
4. Hoklotubbe, Sara Sue
5. Holm, Tom
6. Owens, Louis
7. Rodriguez, Linda
8. Smith, Martin Cruz
9. Welch, James

LGBT Writers

Chandler, Jessie
Forrest, Katherine V.
Friend, Catherine
Gordon, Josie
Gordon, Max
Griffiths, Nicola
Hart, Ellen
Herren, Greg
Hill, Gerri
Hunter, Fred
James, Renee
Kelleher, Dharma
Lake, Lori L.
Lynch, Katie
Maiorisi, Catherine
McDermid, Val
MacGregor, K. G.
McNab, Claire
Marks, Jeffrey
Padgett, Abigail
Redmann, J. M.
Roberts, Ann
Scoppettone, Sandra
Sherman, Scott
Silva, Linda Kay
Sims, Elizabeth
Sweeney, Kate
Summer, Mary Elizabeth
Vali, Ali
Waters, Sarah
Wilson, Jon Morgan
Yu, Ovidia


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