This is, as Nalo Hopkinson perfectly puts it here, a long and imperfect convo:


And as complex as it is, I think there’s power in seeing who’s out there making literary magic out of the cities we live in. I’ve written about the gentrification of Urban Fantasy and it is a very very white subgenre, but UF writers of color are out there, and our numbers are growing. This is a very loose list, it includes folks who may just have one or two SFF stories that take place in cities and others with whole series worth of UF books. It is, I’m sure, incomplete, so please throw in other suggestions in the comments.

LA Banks

Nalo Hopkinson

Seressia Glass

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Mikki Kendall

Maurice Broaddus

Minister Faust

Greg van Eekhout

1 misty nycZen Cho

Madhuri Baylock

Gina Ruiz

Sherri L. Smith

Joyce Chng

Nnedi Okorafor

Nisi Shawl

Silvia Morena-Garcia

Sabrina Vourvoulias

Kiini Ibura Salaam

Nicole Givens Kurtz

David Bowles

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ayize Jama-Everett

Cesar Torres

Carlyn Worthy

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

Alicia McCalla

José Iriarte

Troy L. Wiggins

Ernest Hogan

Rion Amilcar Scott

Guillermo del Toro


Mario Acevedo

Dora Badger

Tade Thompson

Tonya Liburd

Malon Edwards

Valerie Tejeda

Jean M. Hodges