Davidson, Adenike Marie. “Carolyn Marie Rodgers.” In Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers, edited by Yolanda Williams Page. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007. A basic biography of Rodgers that contains some analysis of her poetry.
Evans, Mari, ed. Black Women Writers. Garden City, N.J.: Anchor Doubleday, 1984. Includes an interview with Rodgers and an overview of her life and contributions. Two essays discuss her poetry: Angelene Jamison’s “Imagery in the Women Poems: The Art of Carolyn Rodgers” illuminates the complex thoughts and feelings of black female personas in Paper Soul, Songs of a Blackbird, How I Got Ovah, and The Heart as Ever Green. Bettye J. Parker-Smith’s “Running Wild in Her Soul: The Poetry of Carolyn Rodgers” describes the numerous phases or evolutions of Rodgers’s writing life, from militant to Christian, across five volumes of poetry.
Graves, Roy Neil. “The Poetry of Carolyn M. Rodgers.” In Masterplots II: African American Literature, edited by Tyrone Williams. Rev. ed. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2009. Provides analysis of Rodgers’s poetry, noting the influence of her Chicago upbringing and the Black Arts movement.
Mance, Ajuan Maria. Inventing Black Women: African American Women Poets and Self-Representation, 1877-2000. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2008. A rich discussion of Rodgers’s poetry from her earlier volumes, including Songs of a Blackbird, How I Got Ovah, and The Heart as Ever Green.
Rodgers, Carolyn M. Foreword to Black Writing from Chicago: In the World, Not of It?, edited by Richard Guzman. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2006. Rodgers describes what it was like to be a writer in Chicago. She recalls how she assisted Brooks with the title of her anthology, Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology (1971). The book also includes select poems from Rodgers’s We’re Only Human and A Train Called Judah.