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Aside from traditional contemporary criticism collections in the Reference section of your academic library, there are a couple of online sources of criticism of Grace Nichols that feature "The Fat Black Woman's Poems." For starters, the British Council information on Contemporary Writers has a section on Nichols that includes a Critical Perspective. Secondly, Maite Escudero of Bridgewater State University of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, authored a paper on "Race, Gender and Performance in Grace Nichols's The Fat Black Woman's Poems," which is available online and which was published in the Journal of International Women's Studies. In addition, eNotes has some biographic material and a bibliography. Grace Nichols was born in Guyanna, which classifies her as a Guyanese poet. As a consequence of the settiong of her upbrining, her poetry reflects the culture and is infused with the rhythms of the Caribbean. Nichols first collected volume of poetry to be published is I is a Long-Memoried Woman. The volume won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1983.
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