New Issues Now Available

Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora has continued its legacy of excellence as a online journal.  We will shortly announce another transition for Obsidian that will enable us to continue to bring you the best critical and creative projects focused on the African Diaspora.

To submit your work to Obsidian please visit our Submissions page.

Special Issue: Obsidian at North Carolina State University


The celebratory issue showcases a selection of works published in the journal during its history at North Carolina State University.


Special Issue: Jazz and Literature is now available.


This issue, guest edited by Darrell Stover, not only offers the best in contemporary creative and critical jazz literature, it also features a multimedia component that demonstrates the synergy between Jazz and literature that this issue celebrates.


 Special Issue: Violence and Black Youth in Post-Civil Rights U.S. is now available. 


We are pleased that the special issue on Violence and Black Youth in Post-Civil Rights U.S., guest edited by Jennifer Griffiths, is now available.  The issue addresses a critical gap in this work around the figure of the African American child in late twentieth-century cultural productions and extends the analysis of work that focuses historical, cultural, and literary representations of African American children within the 19th century through mid-20th century.