|Ntozake Shange, source: EBR Digital Collection|
One of the images that stood out to me was of Ntozake Shange in February 1991. Here, she was seated with a pen in her right hand and leaning on a table with her left her hand on her forehead. She looks relaxed and in thought or conversation following what seems to have been a book/poetry reading and signing when taken together with three other images of her with the same date.
Typically, we tend to limit our focus of writers and artists to their “textual” productions or representations, and very seldom are we able to see the “behind-the-scenes” thought processes, inner-workings, and manifestations of work, especially by capturing African American women and other women of color in non-derogatory images or spaces.
Related: The EBR Digital Collection