Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American poet and first African-American woman to publish a book. Born in Senegambia, she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent.
Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women's Writing
Book - 1999
Interpretive Essays on the Life and Poetry of Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784) and George Moses Horton (ca. 1797-1883)
Book - 1974
Also, Poems by A Slave
Book - 1969