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Diverse Authors: Frankie’s List

Building on work started by the late Eleanor Taylor Bland, Frankie Y. Bailey began to compile a list of published African American crime writers over a decade ago. With additional content contributions from Maria Kelson (the first Eleanor Taylor Bland Award winner) and Jessie Chandler, the List has grown to include writers from other marginalized groups as well.

Named in honor of Ms. Bailey, SinC's first African American president, Frankie’s List is intended as an ongoing resource for anyone searching to broaden their knowledge of crime writers who identify as being from marginalized communities.

Writers listed below have self-identified within the categories they are listed, and have published at least one crime novel or three crime short stories.

If you possess these publication credentials and would like to be included on Frankie’s List, please submit your request here. (Requests for removal can also be made through the same link.)

Some additional online resources related to under-represented crime writers can also be found at Crime Writers of Color and Queer Crime Writers.

 

African American Writers

Abdul-Jabbar,Kareem

Ashton, Marguerite
Bailey, Frankie Y.
Baker, Nikki
Bates, Karen Grigsby
Batts, Krys
Bland, Eleanor Taylor (deceased)

Brock, Jill
Brown, Elaine Meryl

Brown, J.L.
Burns, V.M.
Camacho, Austin S.
Canterbury, Patricia E.
Carter, Charlotte
Carter, Stephen L.
Chambers, Christopher
Christy, Cynthia
Clark, Aaron Philip

Clark, Tracy
Clemons, R. Lanier 
Coleman, Evelyn

Collette, Abby
Croom, Janice 
Darden, Christopher
Davis, Kyra
DeLoach, Nora (deceased)
Dickey, Eric Jerome

Dolson, Nikki
Edwards, Grace F. (deceased)

Fitzgerald, Cordy
Flowers, R. Barri
Ford, Clyde
Fullilove, Eric James
Gardner, Danny 
Garland, Ardella (pen name of Yolanda Joe)
Garrett, Kellye
Gordon, Alexia
Greer, Robert
Grimes, Terris McMahan
Hall, Rachel Howzell
Hardwick, Gary
Harris, Marietta
Hayes, Teddy
Haywood, Gar Anthony (also writes as Ray Shannon)
Head, Cheryl A.
Henry, Angela
Holton, Hugh (deceased)
Jackie, Sonja (pen name of Sonja Hazzard)
James, R. Franklin
Johnson, Keith Lee

Johnson, Kim
Jolivet, Myra
Jones, Solomon
Jones, Stephen Mack
Kabongo, Gledé Browne
Kelley, Norman
Lamar, Jake

Lane, Michael R.
Lawrence, Deliah
Locke, Attica
Lovell, Glenville
Mallette, Gloria

Mason, Felicia Mason
Meadows, Lee
Mickelbury, Penny
Miller, C.M.
Mosley, Walter
Neely, Barbara
Olden, Marc
Osborne, Karen E.
Phillips, Gary

Pitts, Delia C.
Quartery, Kwei
Ramsey, Gail
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Richardson, Gwen
Robinson, Angela ( lm and TV writer)
Rudolph, Wally
Ridley, John
Samuels-Young, Pamela

Sargeant, Patricia/Olivia Matthews
Singer, Gammy
Smith, Andrea
Smith, Brian W.
Smith, Ian
Smith-Levin, Judith (deceased)

Snowden, Faye
Swafford, Erika Green (TV writer)
Thomas-Graham, Pamela
Tramble, Nichelle D.
Underwood, Blair

Vandiver, Abby L.

Walker, Margie

Walker, Persia
Wesley, Valerie Wilson
West, Chassie

Wilkerson, Elizabeth
Woods, Paula L. 

 

Asian American / Asian Writers

Bradeen, Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)
Cha, Steph
Chang, Henry
Chang, Leonard
Chien, Vivien

Chow, Jennifer J.
Chupeco, Rin

Eldridge, Tori
Furutani, Dale
Gerritsen, Tess
Goenawan, Clarissa

Hillier, Jennifer
Hirahara, Naomi
Kim, Angie
Lee, Don
Lee, YS
Lin, Ed
Ng, Celeste
Revoyr, Nina
Rowland, Laura Joh
Tan, Anne R.

Wong, S.G.
Xiaolong, Qiu
Yi, Melissa
Yu, Ovidia


South Asian American / South Asian / South Asian British Writers

Claverton, Rosie 
Jacob, Mira
James, Tania
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
Kirchner, Bharti 
Massey, Sujata
Pandian, Gigi
Swarup, Vikas
Vatsal, Radha 

 

LatinX Writers

Acevedo, Mario
Anaya, Rudolfo A.

Aymar, E.A.

Clark, Tracy

Cochet, Charlie

Colon, Angel Luis
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
Maldonado, Isabella

Marks, Rhonda A.

Martinez, Liz
Narvaez, R.
Nava, Michael
Ortiz, Martin Hill
Ramos, Manuel
Roman, A. E.
Segura, Alex

Stewart, Diana Munoz
Thurlo, Aimée (deceased)
Torres, Steven
Vasquez, Ian
Villatoro, Marcos McPeek
Zamorano, Desiree

 

Native/Indigenous Writers

Cox, Jessie
Erdrich, Louise
Hogan, Linda
Hoklotubbe, Sara Sue
Holm, Tom

Martinez, Liz
Owens, Louis

Rendon, Marcie R.
Rodriguez, Linda
Smith, Martin Cruz

Weiden, David Heska Wanbli
Welch, James

LGBTQIA2S+ Writers

Aptaker, Ann

Bird, Tammy

Brown, J.L.

Chandler, Jessie

Cochet, Charlie
Copenhaver, John
de Helen, Sandra

DeMarco, Joseph R.G.

Deoul, Stefani
Ettritch, Sarah

Fargo, Layne
Forrest, Katherine V.
Friend, Catherine
Gordon, Josie
Gordon, Max
Griffiths, Nicola

Hannah, Mari
Hart, Ellen

Hawkins, Alis
Head, Cheryl A.
Herren, Greg
Hill, Gerri
Hunter, Fred

Isabella (only one name)
James, Renee

Karst, Leslie
Kelleher, Dharma

Kimberling, Nicole
Lake, Lori L.
Lepionka, Kristen 
Lynch, Katie
Maiorisi, Catherine
McDermid, Val
MacGregor, K. G.

Massey, Gale
McNab, Claire
Marks, Jeffrey

Nacht, Clancy

Osgood, Karen Jean
Padgett, Abigail

Plakcy, Neil
Radclyffe
Redmann, J. M.
Roberts, Ann

Schraeder, E. F.
Scoppettone, Sandra
Sherman, Scott

Shreve, Brad
Silva, Linda Kay
Sims, Elizabeth
Sweeney, Kate
Summer, Mary Elizabeth
Vali, Ali
Waters, Sarah
Wilson, Jon Morgan
Yu, Ovidia

Zubro, Mark

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