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Articles about and/or related to Street Literature (in publication date order):

2015

Munshi, Neil. (13 November 2015). "Urban fiction: words on the street." Financial Times. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/08785ece-86ee-11e5-9f8c-a8d619fa707c.html

(n.a.). (02 November 2015). "Black Professor Defends Street Literature." ThyBlackMan.com
http://thyblackman.com/2015/11/02/black-professor-defends-street-literature/comment-page-1/

Elz, Kai. (02 November 2015). "Wahida Clark Writes Best Sellers From Her Prison Cell." ChicagoDefender.com
http://chicagodefender.com/2015/11/02/wahida-clark-writes-best-sellers-from-her-prison-cell/

Romain, Michael (06 October 2015). "'Street lit' has a following in Oak Park:
As the genre evolves, local readers explore its possibilities." OakPark.com. Available: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-6-2015/'Street-lit'-has-a-following-in-Oak-Park/

Rosen, Jody (03 May 2015). "Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." Times Magazine: The New York Times. Available: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/ashley-jaquavis-coleman-profile/?_r=1

2014
Dreisinger, Baz (30 August, 2014). "Hip-Hop in Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks to 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature." NPR. Available: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/30/344046504/hip-hop-in-print-brooklyn-publisher-looks-to-reverse-gentrify-literature.

Cottenet, C. (2014, February 13). African American Street Lit’: old, new, or better (?) tricks? TransAtlantica - Revue D'etudes Americaines, American Studies Journal. https://transatlantica.revues.org/6456

2013

Gaston, D.K. (21 June, 2013). "Black people do read: Urban fiction's impact on black literacy." Chronicles of Harriet. blogsite. Available: http://chroniclesofharriet.com/2013/06/21/black-people-do-read/

Kochman, Ben (09 December, 2013). "Hip hop prof pens street lit." The Bronx Times. Available: http://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2013/49/49_book_2013_12_05_bx.html.

Sweeney, Marlisse Silver (28 July, 2013). "I write street lit because that's the life I lived." Salon.com. Available: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/29/i_write_street_lit_because_thats_the_life_i_lived/

Lee, Felicia R. (31 May, 2013). "With imprints and tie-ins, street lit is gaining muscle." New York Times. Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/books/prodigys-hnic-street-lit-from-infamous-books.html

2012


"Street Literature Comes to Hopeworks!" (2012, December). Available: http://www.hopeworks.org/?newsletter=street-literature-comes-to-hopeworks

"Urban Fiction authors could be big winners in new publishing era." (2012, August 1). Available: http://www.buzzfeed.com/annanorth/urban-fiction-authors-could-be-big-winners-in-new

"The Transformative Power of Urban Literature." (2012, May 25). by Becca Sorgert.  Available:
http://cltlblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-transformative-power-of-urban-literature/

"Michael Cart takes a look at the world of hip hop lit." (2012, March 04). Podcast: http://www.infoblog.infopeople.org/2012/03/micahel-cart-takes-a-look-at-the-world-of-hip-hop-lit/

"What Street Lit teaches us" (2012, March 02) Milton Davis at: http://www.mvmediaatl.com/Wagadu/?p=330

"Urban literature: Is it beneficial reading?" (2012, February 8) by Briana Baker & Sherrod Tunstall via Webster University's The Journal at: http://websterjournal.com/2012/02/28/urban-literature-is-it-beneficial-reading/

"Censored: Freedom to Read" (2012, January 30) by McKayla Crouss via WHS Cyber Cat - Washington High School (Kansas City, KS) at: http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/494145/newspaperid/3905/Freedom_to_Read.aspx

" 'Urban Fiction' I Actually Like?" (2012, January 12) by Demetria Irwin via The Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/demetria-irwin/urban-fiction-real-wifeys_b_1197322.html 

"Writing the City" (2012, January 10) by Madison Smartt Bell via The Millions.com at:
http://www.themillions.com/2012/01/writing-the-city.html


2011

"Consciousness-Raising or Eyebrow-Raising? Reading Urban Fiction with High School Students in Freirean Cultural Circles" (2011, Fall) via PennGSE: Perspectives on Urban Education by Amy Brown at: http://www.urbanedjournal.org/archive/volume-9-issue-1-fall-2011/consciousness-raising-or-eyebrow-raising-reading-urban-fiction-hi

"12 Popular Street Lit Authors to Know" (2011, 19 December) via BET.com at:
http://www.bet.com/news/fashion-and-beauty/photos/2011/12/12-popular-street-lit-authors.html

"Pulse Launches PulseBlaze, New Urban Fiction Imprint" (2011, 12 December) via PR.com at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/376244

"Where is the love in R&B music?" (2011, 03 December) via CNN.com by John Blake at: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/02/showbiz/music/love-songs/index.html

"Rapper T.I. changes his life, one line at a time." (2011, 10 November) via MSN.com's Music News by Kathy Iandoli at: http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=682348&affid=100055

"Every day I'm hustlin': Urban Fiction e-books and audiobooks." (2011, 10 November) via Overdriveblogs.com by Melissa Work at: http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2011/11/10/every-day-im-hustlin-urban-fiction-ebooks-audiobooks/

"Street Lit: On the Real at the Library." (2011, 08 November) via Oak Leaves: A Chicago-Sun Times Publication by Susan McClelland at: http://oakpark.suntimes.com/lifestyles/8692036-423/street-lit-on-the-real-at-the-library.html

"Is 'urban fiction' defined by its subject - or the skin colour of its author?" (2011, 3 November) via The Guardian (UK) by Carleen Thomas-Bailey at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/03/black-urban-fiction-american?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

"Ashley and JaQuavis: Literary Duo Hold Each Other Down On and Off Novel Pages." (September, 2011) Ebony Online article by Margena A. Christian at: http://www.ebony.com/Literature/Ashley_and_JaQuavis_Literary_Duo.aspx

"Flint Natives Find Success in Street Fiction Genre; Sign Book, Movie Deal with Cash Money Label." (September 01, 2011) Flint (MI) Journal article by Roberto Acosta at: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/09/flint_natives_find_success_in.html

"JaQuavis and Ashley Coleman Find Success Writing Street Lit." (August 25, 2011) Philadelphia Inquirer article by Karen Quinones Miller at: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20110825_JaQuavis_and_Ashley_Coleman_find_success_writing_Street_Lit.html

"Black History Lives On at Marcus Books." (August 15, 2011) by Holly McDede at: http://www.kalwnews.org/audio/2011/08/15/black-history-lives-marcus-books_1170325.html

"8 Urban Fiction Authors Who Overcame Prison and Forged Lucrative Careers" (July 30, 2011) Atlanta Post article by Evette Brown at: http://atlantapost.com/2011/07/30/8-urban-fiction-authors-who-overcame-prison-and-forged-lucrative-careers/8/

"Street Lit Debate: Does Urban Fiction Undermine the Black Canon?" (July 26, 2011) Atlanta Post article by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond at: http://atlantapost.com/2011/07/26/street-lit-debate-does-urban-fiction-undermine-the-black-canon/

"Behind Those Books: A Closer Look at Urban Fiction" (May 20, 2011) Style & Vibes: For the Fly Caribbean Chic by Miss Mikelah at: http://www.styleandvibes.com/2011/05/behind-those-books-a-closer-look-at-urban-fiction/

"New Film Looks at Controversy Over Street Lit"  (May 09, 2011) Publishers Weekly article by Diane Patrick at:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/page-to-screen/article/47141-new-film-looks-at-controversy-over-street-lit.html

"Birdman Talks Cash Money Content and Street-Lit" (March 15, 2011) BET.com by Kim Osorio at: http://www.bet.com/news/music/2011/03/15/birdman-talks-cash-money-content-and-upcoming-street-lit-books.html

2010
"Author Terry McMillan: Some Urban Fiction 'Embarrassing' " (November 17, 2010)  via PopWife Musings.com at: http://popwife.com/2010/11/author-terry-mcmillan-some-urban-fiction-embarrassing/

"Why I Support Street Lit" (August 4, 2010) Atlanta Post article by Charna Ball at:  http://atlantapost.com/2010/08/04/why-i-support-street-lit/

"Sonia Sanchez on the State of Black Books" (July 27, 2010) by Nicole Moore at:
http://www.theroot.com/views/sonia-sanchez-state-black-books

Street Lit Interview Podcast via On The Media (July 2010) at:
http://onthemedia.org/transcripts/2010/07/02/05 -- Journalist interviews authors, publicists, about urban fiction trend

"What's Hot in Street Literature" (July 2010) at: http://bit.ly/bsK9Ev -- Powerpoint lecture by Chicago Librarian, K.C. Boyd, via slideshare.net

"Black Writers in a Ghetto of the Publishing Industry's Making" (June 26, 2010) Washington Post article by Bernice McFadden at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504125.html

"What Is Street Lit?" (April 2010) Podcast chat via BlogTalkRadio at: http://bit.ly/bLZiAF -- Chat audio featuring K'wan, street lit bloggers and street lit readers.

"Street Lit what is it? What effect does it have on teenagers?" (April 2010) at: http://bit.ly/aXaTsJ -- an article and interview from opensalon.com

"Reading Street Literature, Reading America's Prison System." (February 2010) at: http://bit.ly/j5Jljm -- a research article by Street Lit scholar, Kristina Graaff, from Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University of Berlin (Germany).

"What is Street Lit?" a blog interview with Vanessa Morris featured on YA author Zetta Elliott's blog site (January 25, 2010) at: http://zettaelliott.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/what-is-street-lit/

2009
Latinos on Literature (2009) at: theurbanbooksource.com -- Taylor Nix interviews 4 Latino street lit authors, notably Black Artemis & Jeff Rivera

Pathfinder Repository: Urban Literature (2009) at: http://www.ipl.org/div/pfarch/entry/81721 -- a pathfinder archived with the Internet Public Library

"Nick Chiles: A Critical Look at Street Lit" (2009) by Taylor Nix at: http://theubs.com/interviews/nick-chiles.php

"The Method, Madness, and Marketing of Street Lit [Response Essay]" (July 29, 2009), by Latoya Peterson at: http://www.racialicious.com/2009/07/29/the-method-madness-and-marketing-of-street-lit-response-essay/

"The Never-Ending Beef & Fascination with Street Lit" (July 20, 2009) by Felicia Pride at: http://www.theroot.com/blogs/urban-fiction/never-ending-beef-fascination-street-lit

"Pulp Princess: Miasha's Journey from the Ghetto to the Bestsellers List" (June 17, 2009) by Bliss Broyard for Elle magazine at: http://www.elle.com/Pop-Culture/Movies-TV-Music-Books/Pulp-Princess

2008
"Urban Fiction Makes Its Way From Streets to Libraries." (October 23, 2008) New York Times article by Anne Barnard at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/nyregion/23fiction.html

"The New Wave of French Urban Fiction" (2008, September 12) at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2008/sep/12/1

Harvard University Press Blog: "Libraries Embrace Street Lit" (2008) at: http://bit.ly/bnaWPU -- A follow up response to the October 23, 2008  New York Times article on street lit

"Top 10 Street Lit Books of All-Time" (2008) at: http://theubs.com/articles/features/top10books.php -- an excellent title list of top street lit titles from various book club and book review sources.

"Urban Lit is DEAD!" by Joey Pinkney (2008) at: http://joeypinkney.com/urbanstreet-lit/urban-lit-is-dead.php

"An Urban 'Street Lit' Retirement" (2008, June 19) by Omar Tyree at: http://thedailyvoice.com/voice/2008/06/street-lit-000748.php

2007

"Terry McMillan vs. Ghetto Lit" (2007, October 15) by Amy Alexander via The Nation.com at: http://www.thenation.com/article/terry-mcmillan-vs-ghetto-lit

"Terry McMillan is Mad as Heck Over Superhead Books" (2007, October 10) [original email text], available at: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/terry-mcmillan-mad-as-heck-over-superhead-books_topic96026.html

"Top 10 Street Lit Authors" (2007) at: http://www.theurbanbooksource.com/articles/features/top10.php

2006 

"Hip Hop Fiction Beefs" by Seth Ferranti (2006, November) an Urban Book Source article at: http://theubs.com/articles/news/hiphopfictionbeefs.php

"Hustle and Grow" by Ta-Nehlisi Paul Coates (2006, October 9) Time magazine article at:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1543951,00.html

"Collection Development - 'Urban Fiction': Streetwise Urban Fiction" by David Wright (2006, July 15), a Library Journal  article at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6349018.html

"Street Lit with Publishing Cred: From Prison to a Four-Book Deal" (2006, February 14), a New York Times article at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/14/books/14rele.html

"Their Eyes Were Reading Smut" by Nick Chiles (2006, January 4), a New York Times op/ed at: