Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

A 1997 memoir, The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey, is the most popular nonfiction work of Toi Derricotte. The book, expanded from twenty years of diaries, reveals how it feels to look white and be black in the United States. The work met appropriate controversy during a time when the nation, at the behest of then-president Bill Clinton, was trying to generate a dialogue on racial abuses past and present. Derricotte also cowrote with Madeline Tiger Bass Creative Writing: A Manual for Teachers (1985), published by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The Library of Congress’s The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress: Toi Derricotte is an archival recording produced in October, 1998, by the Library of Congress’s Magnetic Recording Laboratory in Washington, D.C. It is one of four video or audio presentations that profile Derricotte’s life and work.