Other literary forms
Sherley Anne Williams began her writing career by publishing short stories in periodicals and anthologies. She also wrote literary criticism, which was printed in scholarly journals and collected in her first book, Give Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature (1972). Williams published a historical novel, Dessa Rose, in 1986. Her poetry inspired her to create two picture books for children, Working Cotton (1992) and Girls Together (1999). Williams contributed introductions for editions of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991) and Mark Twain’s The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson (1996).