Cliff, Michelle

About Michelle Cliff

Biography (Poetry Foundation)

Obituary (The New York Times)



Mardorossian, Carine M. “’Split Consciousness’ and the Matrix of Identity in Michelle Cliff’s Nonfiction.” H-Net Reviews, 2009

Harlan, Megan. "Looking Back Sideways." The New York Times, 16 Aug. 1998



Enszer, Julie R. “Michelle Cliff: The Historical Re-Visionary.” Lambda Literary, 24 Jun. 2010

Raiskin, Judith. “The Art of History: An Interview with Michelle Cliff.” The Kenyon Review, vol. 15, no. 1, 1993

Schwartz, Meryl F. “An Interview with Michelle Cliff.” Contemporary Literature, vol. 34, no. 4, 1993



Ilmonen, Kaisa. Queer Rebellion in the Novels of Michelle Cliff: Intersectionality and Sexual Modernity, 2017

Beriault, Janie. “’I Guess That’s Another Place They’ve Ruined for Us’: A Spatial Struggle against the Development of Commercial Tourism in Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place and Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 53, no. 6, 2017

Stecher Guzmán, Lucía, and Elsa Maxwell. “Michelle Cliff’s Into the Interior and the Trope of the Solitary Female Immigrant.” Callaloo, vol. 36, no. 3, 2013

Jones, Alwin. "The Novel Witness(es): Re-Membering after Trauma in Adichie's Ghosts, Cliff's No Telephone, and Danticat's Farming of Bones." Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism, Poe and Wattley (eds.), 2012

Johnson, Erica L. “Inventorying Silence in Michelle Cliff’s The Store of a Million Items.” Contemporary Women’s Writing, vol. 6, no. 3, 2012

Dunick, Lisa. “The Dialogic of Diaspora: Michelle Cliff’s Free Enterprise, Glissant, and the History of Slavery in the New World.” CEA Critic, vol. 72, no. 2, 2010

Curry, Ginette. “Michelle Cliff’s Abeng (1995): A Near-White Jamaican Woman’s Quest for Identity.” 'Toubab La!' Literary Representations of Mixed-Race Characters in the African Diaspora, 2007

Richards, Constance S. "Nationalism and the Development of Identity in Postcolonial Fiction: Zoë Wicomb and Michelle Cliff." Research in African Literatures, vol. 36, no. 1, 2005

Toland-Dix, Shirley. "Re-Negotiating Racial Identity: The Challenge of Migration and Return in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven." Studies in the Literary Imagination, vol. 37, no. 2, 2004

Elia, Nada. “’A Man Who Wants to Be a Woman’: Queerness as/and Healing Practices in Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven.” Callaloo, vol. 23, no. 1, 2000

Ledent, Bénédicte. “’Here, There, and Everywhere’: Michelle Cliff’s (Con)version of Caribbean Identity.” Writing Women Across Borders and Categories, Ghosh-Schellhorn (ed.), 2000

Hornung, Alfred, and Ernstpeter Ruhe (eds.). Postcolonialism & Autobiography: Michelle Cliff, David DabydeenOpal Palmer Adisa, 1998




Into the Interior (2010)

Free Enterprise: A Novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant (1993)

No Telephone to Heaven (1987)

Abeng (1984)


Short Story Collections

Everything is Now: New and Collected Stories (2009)

The Store of a Million Items (1998)

Bodies of Water (1990)


Poetry Collections

The Land of Look Behind: Prose and Poetry (1985)

Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise (1980)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

If I Could Write This in Fire (2008)

As editor: The Winner Names the Age: A Collection of Writings by Lillian Smith (1998)

"Transactions." The Best American Short Stories, Proulx and Kenison (eds.), 1997

“History as Fiction, Fiction as History.” Ploughshares, vol. 20, no. 2-3, 1994