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Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Winner 2016
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Sisters in Crime is pleased to announce the winner of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award for 2016 -- Stephane Dunn

Winner Stephane Dunn is a writer and professor at Morehouse College where she directs the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS). She teaches courses in film, creative writing, popular culture, and literature. She received her MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She authored the 2008 book, Baad Bitches & Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films (U of Illinois Press), which explores the representation of black women in the Black Power and feminist era influenced cycle of black action films such as Sweetback’s Baaad Assss Song, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Her comments and articles about issues of race and gender in American culture and in film and Hollywood in particular, have appeared in national media, including The Atlantic, NPR, LA,,, AJC,, and a number of edited books and magazines, including Ms. magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Best African American Essays (2009), among others.

Her film reviews and social commentary appear extensively on the Dr. Mark Anthony Neal cultural blog New Black Man (inExile). She is currently continuing revision on a first novel manuscript and a script.

You can find her on twitter @DrStephaneDunn 


About Eleanor Taylor Bland

Eleanor Taylor Bland was a pioneer in crime fiction. Dead Time, published In 1992 and first in a 13-book series, introduced African American police detective Marti MacAlister, a widowed mother who lived and worked in a Chicago suburb that closely resembled Bland's adopted hometown of Waukegan. Each title in the series highlighted social problems of the time. Bland also published several works of short crime fiction and edited a collection titled Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors (2004). When she passed away in 2010, she was one of the most prolific African American authors in the genre. With Marti MacAlister, Bland created an enduring and much beloved heroine who went against the grain of perpetuated stereotypes related to African American women in much of U.S. popular culture.
Although Bland focused primarily in her work on stories about African American characters and their lives, bringing both complexities and comforts of familiarity to her readership, she also included in-depth interactions with other kinds of characters that reflect the broad spectrum of identities that is U.S. society. Bland saw crime fiction as an especially accessible literary vehicle for bringing into the genre characters that before her work had been peripheral to or simply missing from the genre. She understood that crime fiction could continue over time broadening its appeal to new reading audiences by opening its doors to the kinds of characters, societal situations and perspectives, and potential for creativity that authors of color would bring.


Additional details about the rules and selection process are described on the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color award announcement.

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