Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. “Mari Evans.” In The Feminist Companion to Literature in English. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1990. Provides a general synopsis of Evans’s career.
Evans, Mari, ed. Black Women Writers, 1950-1980: A Critical Evaluation. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1983. Includes Evans’s important essay “My Father’s Passage,” in which she describes her philosophy of composition. Contains considerable additional information about Evans and two critical essays on her poetry.
James, Charles L. “Mari Evans.” In Contemporary Poets, edited by Tracy Chevalier. 5th ed. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991. Catalogs Evans’s accomplishments, noting her sociopolitical impact and complex voice.
Jordan, Casper LeRoy, comp. “Mari Evans.” In A Bibliographical Guide to African-American Women Writers. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993. Offers a bibliography of primary and secondary works.
Keys, Romey T. Foreword to Nightstar, by Mari Evans. Los Angeles: Center for Afro-American Studies, University of California, 1981. A brief but incisive introduction to the second major volume of Evans’s poetry.
Melhem, D. H. Heroism in the New Black Poetry. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1990. Refers to and discusses Evans’s work in the course of interviews with Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Peppers, Wallace R. “Mari Evans.” In African-American Poets Since 1955, edited by Trudier Harris and Thadious M. Davis. Vol. 14 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1985. Chronicles Evans’s life and work, emphasizing her scope, social influence, and technique.
Sedlack, Robert P. “Mari Evans: Consciousness and Craft.” College Language Association Journal 15 (1972). Examines poetic techniques used in Evans’s award-winning collection I Am a Black Woman.