Morris, author of “Reader’s Advisory Guide to Street Literature”, wins RUSA’s 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Award

Vanessa Irvin Morris, assistant teaching professor at Drexel University, is the 2012 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s Zora Neale Hurston Award.

The Zora Neale Hurston Award, sponsored by Harper Perennial, is given to honor librarians who have demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature.  Morris was selected for her work in advocating collection building and reader’s advisory services for African American literature. She was an early advocate for street literature, creating one of the first urban fiction collections in 2000, and writing articles and blog posts to help educate fellow librarians. Her most recent work, The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Street Literature, published in 2012.

The winner was selected by the Zora Neale Hurston Award Committee, whose members include Cynthia Crosser, Chairperson, University of Maine, Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library District, and Amy Harmon.

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