Ribeiro is a journalist from the city of São Paulo. She was born
on October 24th, 1958. She is a member of Quilombhoje Literatura, the literary
group responsible for the publication of the series Cadernos Negros. She
has published more than thirty poems in Cadernos Negros, Volumes 5, 7,
and 9, and a short story in Cadernos Negros 8.
She is the author of a short novel Malungos e Milongas
Esmeralda Ribeiro is the author of several theoretical essays of importance including an essay on children's literature in Reflexões Sobre a Literatura Afro-Brasileiro. Another significant essay, "A escritora negra e o seu ato de escrever Participando," in Criação Crioula, Nu Elefante Branco, examines the role of Black women writers and the political dimensions of their works. This essay called for Black Brazilian women writers to recognize the absence of authentic Black feminine images in Brazilian literature in general and challenged them to recognize the political significance of self-definition in their works.
A madrugada Dawn
abriu os braços opened its arms
e o céu and the sky
a cobriu de estrelas. covered it with stars.
Há sempre um homem There's always a man
me dizendo telling me
o que fazer. what to do