Urban Fiction Resources

Books and Articles
YouTube Channels

Collection Development “Urban Fiction”: Streetwise Urban Fiction

Good Read’s Urban Fiction Lovers Group

Good Read’s Listopia called Best Urban Fiction

Libraries Unlimited’s Reader Advisory E-Newsletter – Urban Fiction Edition

  • By Jessica Zellers, December 2007

Street Fiction

Street Lit Collection Development Resources

Street Literature

Teens Love It, Some Librarians Loathe It. Welcome to the World of Urban Lit.

Teen Urban Fiction Pathfinder

PhatFiction Wiki

Urban Book Cinema

Urban Book Source

Urban Fiction/Street Lit/Hip Hop Fiction Resources for Librarians

Urban Fiction Wiki

Urban Lit Pathfinder

  • No longer being updated.

What’s Hot in Street Literature? by K. C. Boyd, Librarian at Chicago Public Schools

  • Powerpoint

WorldCat Genres: Urban Fiction

30 Days of Street Lit on Megan Honig’s Blog

  • no longer being updated

Miss Domino’s Blog

PHAT Fiction Blog

Urban Fiction/Street Lit for Teens: Telling Like It Is

  • No longer being updated.

Urban Fictive

Books and Articles
Agosto, Denise and Sandra Hughes-Hassell, eds. Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010.

  • Has chapter on “Street Lit: Before You Can Recommend It, You Have To Understand It”

Brehm-Heegar, Paula. Serving Urban Teens. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

  • Mentions Street Lit in collection building.

Carpenter, Susan. Not Just For Kids: A Lifeline for Struggling Teen ReadersLos Angeles Times. 17 June 2012.

  • Article on new easy reader series.

Franklin, H. Bruce. “Can the Penitentiary Teach the Academy How to Read?” PMLA. 123.3 (2008): 643-9.

  • Franklin nicely ties in the importance of Urban Literature in prison and the academy through historizing and validating the genre as a canon of American Literature while forcing the reader rethink their position of literacy and incarceration.

Honig, Megan. Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.

  • This guide, while has a short introduction to the genre, is primarily chapters of sub-genre annotated bibliographies with further sub-sub-genres within each chapter. Subgenres include crime, coming-of-age, erotica, prison, etc. Books are rated with a key to indicated level of violence and sexual content.

McCovey, Sherri McGee. “Urban Literati.” Essence. Sep 2005: 113. Print.

Morris, Vanessa Irving. The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.

  • This guide is aimed towards libraries to further understand the genre of Street Lit/Urban Fiction. Morris covers the genre’s appeal, history, literary motif, collection development, and provides a list of the genre broken down into subgenres such as GLBTQ, Tween, Graphic Novel, etc.
  • Visit her blog here: Street Literature.

Ratner, Andrew. Street Lit: Teaching and Reading Fiction in Urban Schools. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Stanley, Tarshia. The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2009.

Sweeney, Megan. Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prison. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Talley, Erin A. You’re Not Really Black Until You’ve Been Shot — Or So Says Urban FictionMA Thesis. Eastern Illinois University. 2010. Paper 314. On-line.


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YouTube Channels

Urban Book Source TV


What’s Street Lit? by Writers Life Chats

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