Rosa Guy

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Rosa Guy is a 1-Time Bestselling Author

Rosa Guy was born on September 1, 1925 in Trinidad.  Later her family moved to Harlem, New York where they died when Rosa was very young.  During World War II Rosa she was a part of the American Negro Theatre.  She attended New York University where she studied theater and writing.

In 1950, Guy, along with John Oliver Killens, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Willard Moore and Walter Christmas, co-founded the Harlem Writer’s Guild.

Guy was a member of a Black nationalist literary organization, On Guard for Freedom, which was founded on the Lower East Side of New York City by Calvin Hicks. Other members included, Harold Cruse and LeRoi Jones. On Guard was active in a famous protest at the United Nations of the American-sponsored Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion and was active in support of the Congolese liberation leader Patrice Lumumba.

Her work has received the Coretta Scott King Award, The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year citation, and the American Library Association’s Best Book Award. She lives in New York.

On Sunday, June 3rd 2012, Rosa Guy, died of cancer. We mourn the loss of this trailblazing novelist and literary activist. NY Times Obituary

Original publication years of Ms. Guy’s Novels

Bird at My Window (1966)
Children of Longing (1971)
The Friends (1973)
Ruby (1976)
Edith Jackson (1978)
The Disappearance (1979)
Mirror of Her Own (1981)
A Measure of Time (1983)
New Guys Around the Block (1983)
Paris, Pee Wee and Big Dog (1984)
My Love, My Love, or the Peasant Girl (1985)
And I Heard a Bird Sing (1987)

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16 Books by Rosa Guy