The Author: Marion Kraft is a Black teacher, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in 1946. She studied German, English and Philosophy
at the Universities of Cologne, Columbus, Ohio, and Frankfurt a.M., graduated in 1976 and received her teacher's degree in
secondary education in 1978. She has been teaching English and Women's Studies at the Oberstufen-Kolleg des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
an der Universität Bielefeld since 1982. A translator of poems by Audre Lorde and a co-editor of an anthology on Black
Women's culture and politics, she has also published several essays on African American Women's literature. From 1989 to 1991
she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Osnabrück, from which she received her doctorate.