Flowers Out of Bone (13)

Flowers Out of Bone by Ethel Morgan Smith Chapter 1 Flowers Out of Bone (13)             “Just think, I mean, I’m going to Princeton and it doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal,” Emma says.             “It is a big deal. But that’s what the battle for civil rights was all about. Princeton…… Continue reading Flowers Out of Bone (13)

Flowers Out of Bone (8)

Flowers Out of Bone by Ethel Morgan Smith Chapter 1 Flowers Out of Bone (8)             Soon after Big Mama moved in with us, Beauty mustered up enough courage to kick Mr. Tex out of the house and out of our lives. He was her third husband, my sister’s daddy, and everybody’s disappointment. A tiny…… Continue reading Flowers Out of Bone (8)

Black History Month 2015

Just a quick reminder that I will be at Hollins on Feb 23rd. Hope you come by if you’re in the area. Professor Ethel Morgan Smith is on Facebook. She writes on and . You can contact her here: lucymorgansmith@​

To All Readers, Fans And Subscribers

I found out that there are so many subscribers who get an email each time I write an article on Thank you so much for your support. It feels good to know a world away someone is reading my work. I’ve just spent 10 days in Ghana at the Kinko, Village with a group…… Continue reading To All Readers, Fans And Subscribers

The Best 100 African American Poems

This startlingly vibrant collection that spans from historic to modern, from structured to free-form, and reflects the rich roots and visionary future of African American verse. These magnetic poems are an exciting mix of most-loved classics and daring new writing. From Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes to Tupac Shakur, Natasha Trethewey, and many others, the…… Continue reading The Best 100 African American Poems

Shaping Memories

Reflections of African American Women Writers Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a…… Continue reading Shaping Memories

Mr. Wrong

Real-Life Stories About the Men We Used to Love Mr. Wrong is the tug behind your navel, the guy who lights you up like a Roman candle, the danger you can’t resist. And just about every woman, at some point in her life, has encountered one–or many. Women everywhere will see themselves in these witty,…… Continue reading Mr. Wrong

Growing Up Girl

Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces Growing Up Girl is an eclectic collection of poems, essays, and short stories that document the transition from girl to woman, as told by the girls and women who know the journey best. Whether she’s coming undone or coming out, the writing is authentic and…… Continue reading Growing Up Girl

From My People

400 Years of African American Folklore: An Anthology A magnificent celebration of — and an essential introduction to — African American life and culture. Folklore displays the heart and soul of a people. African American folklore not only hands down traditions and wisdom through the generations but also tells the history of a people banned…… Continue reading From My People

Honey, Hush!

Daryl Cumber Dance has collected the often hard-hitting, sometimes risqué, always dramatic humor that arises from the depth of black women’s souls and the breadth of their lives. The eloquent wit and laughter of African American women are presented here in all their written and spoken manifestations: autobiographies, novels, essays, poems, speeches, comic routines, proverbial…… Continue reading Honey, Hush!

Grand Mothers

Nikki Giovanni created this book by asking her friends–people like Gloria Naylor, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maxine Hong Kingston–for their stories and recollections of their grandmothers, then asked a group of writers in their nineties for their thoughts. Grand Mothers celebrates those special women in every culture who preserve heritage and prepare the future. Reviews:…… Continue reading Grand Mothers

Reading Example

Are you curious? Here is the link to a reading example of Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany Excerpt: Before I arrived in Tübingen I knew what my teaching schedule would be. I had proposed to the Council on International Exchange Commission to research the political momentum of Afro Germans. The only…… Continue reading Reading Example

Book Review: Reflections of the Other…, by Ethel Morgan Smith

Book Review: Reflections of the Other “In Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany, Ethel Morgan Smith shares the phenomenon of her experience as the Other, an African American woman living and teaching in Germany as a Fulbright scholar at Universität Tübingen during the 1997-1998 fellowship year. A journey that begins with Smith’s presumption…… Continue reading Book Review: Reflections of the Other…, by Ethel Morgan Smith

Outlook: The House Of Flowers

The following work is ready for publication: The House of Flowers  (novel) has been a finalist for both the William Faulkner & William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest, and the James Jones Creative Writing Contest. Three chapters from the novel have already been published.

From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College

“Ms. Smith uncovers a part of the past long hidden (the story of the African American community that has been part of the College, yet separate from it—since the founding of the College) and shows us how we understand the past is deeply affected by the search itself.“ Determined to give voice to the African…… Continue reading From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College

Reflections of the Other: Being Black In Germany

This book is an account of my everyday life as an expatriate in German culture while I interacted with scholars, diplomats, students, friends, and lovers. Although the work reflects my personal experience, it is designed and rooted in my knowledge and experience of African American literature, culture, and history. But the question was what was…… Continue reading Reflections of the Other: Being Black In Germany