is a writer, critic, lecturer, professor, and poet (formerly published as Gloria T. Hull). She is widely known as a co-editor of All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies. Her other academic feminist texts include Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Color, Sex, and Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance. She is also the author of Healing Heart: Poems – described by Ntozake Shange as “the voice of a free, fierce some, sensual and vivid woman of color” – and of Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women, which was endorsed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and praised by Publishers Weekly as “powerful, practical, and nourishing gumbo of the heart and spirit.” She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and is the mother of one grown son. NEICY is her first novel.