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  • Kenan, R. (2020). If I Had Two Wings: Stories. New York: Norton.
  • Kenan, R. (2017). The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food. Hillsborough, NC: Eno Publishers. 
  • Kenan, R. (2010). The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Nonfiction of James Baldwin. New York: Pantheon. 
  • Kenan, R. (2007). The Fire This Time. New York: Melville House. 
  • Kenan, R. (1999). Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Londan: Little Brown, UK. 
  • Kenan, R. (1997). A Time Not Here. Sante Fe: Twelve Palms.
  • Kenan, R. (1994, 2004). James Baldwin: Author. Philadelphia: Chelsea House.
  • Kenan, R. (1992). Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. 


  • Kenan, R. (2018). “Resurrection Hardware.” Oxford American
  • Kenan, R. (2017). “Raven Dancing on the Plains.” Grist
  • Kenan, R. (2013). “When We All Get to Heaven.” Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Kenan, R. (2012). “The Eternal Glory That is Ham-Hocks.” Prairie Schooner.
  • Kenan, R. (2011). “There’s A Man ‘Round Taking Names.” [novel excerpt] Barely South Review.
  • Kenan, R. (2008). “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Black renaissance/Black Noir. 
  • Kenan, R. (2000). “The Boy Who Played Cards with the Devil.” [novel excerpt] Callaloo.
  • Kenan, R. (1999). “Where She Sits.” On the Table.
  • Kenan, R. (1998). “Now Why Come That Is?” Callaloo.
  • Kenan, R. (1992). “The Virtue Called Vanity.” Boston Review.
  • Kenan, R. (1992). “The Origin of Whales.” Southern Exposure. 
  • Kenan, R. (1992). “Run, Mourner, Run.” NYQ.
  • Kenan, R. (1992). “Cornsilk.” Bomb.