Novelist, essayist, journalist, and activist, published her first and critically acclaimed book, Daddy Was a Number Runner (with an introduction by James Baldwin) in 1970, using auto-biographical elements about growing up in Harlem during the Depression in the era after the Harlem Renaissance.
She has published short stories as well as biographies for children about historically important African Americans, including Robert Smalls, Daniel Hale Williams, and Rosa Parks. Meriwether taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston.
An excerpt published in this journal is from her newest novel, Iraq Etcetera, a work-in-progress.
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