Recovering Black storytelling in qualitative research:

Endarkened storywork.


  1. Toliver, S. R. (2022, July 12). For Black kids who dare to dream themselves heroes. Solarpunk Magazine, Issue 4, 67–70.
  2. Toliver, S. R. (2022, May 18). Letter of encouragement.
  3. Toliver, S. R. (2021, Aug 8). Combatting dreams deferred in English language arts.
  4. Toliver, S. R. (2021, Feb 5). Learning from the ancestors: Or, we’ve been here before. 
  5. Toliver, S. R. (2020, Sept 4). Black like me, a 2020 story. 
  6. Toliver, S. R. (2020, Aug 27). ‘Project Power’ delves into the scientific exploitation of Black women’s bodies. 
  7. Toliver, S. R. (2020, Aug 19). Of monsters and saviors, or Black women in the United States. 
  8. Toliver, S. R. (2019). Build your stack: Ensuring Black girls’ access to science fiction. 
  9. Toliver, S. R. (2019). On the history (and Future) of YA and speculative fiction by Black women: Stephanie Toliver on not deferring the dream of Black girls being Represented in YASF. 
  10. Toliver, S. R. (2018, Aug 31). The unbearable darkness of privilege and why the Wall Street Journal needs to leave our literature alone. 
  11. Toliver, S. R. (2019, Feb 2). Old or new, here’s why we need to critique problematic texts. 
  12. Toliver, S. R. (2018, May 21). A pleasure to burn: A message from ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to the people of 2018. 
  13. Toliver, S. R. (2018, March 12).    [web log post]. 
  14. Toliver, S. R. (2018, March 10).  


  1. Toliver, S. R., & Timmons-Long, L. (2023). Who’s afraid of the dark? Myth, joy, healing, and trauma in Tracey Deon’s Legendborn. The Alan Review.
  2. Toliver, S. R. (2023). It’ll take a nation of millions to stop our dreams: Extending BlackCrit through Afrofuturism. Journal for Multicultural Education.
  3. Toliver, S. R. (2023). Monstrous others: Black girl refusal in Afrofuturist young adult literature. Women’s Studies.
  4. Toliver, S.R. (2022). “Dreamland”: Black girls saying and creating space through fantasy worlds. Girlhood Studies.
  5. Toliver, S. R. (2022). “Weird is normal”: A womanist discourse analysis of Black girl nerd’s community building. Equity & Excellence in Education.
  6. Toliver, S. R., & Hadley, H. (2021). Ca(n)non fodder no more: Disrupting common arguments that support a canonical empire. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 17(2), 1–28.
  7. Gilliam, E., & Toliver, S.R. (2021). Black feminist wondaland: Reckoning, celebrating, and reclaiming joy in higher education. Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education.
  8. Toliver, S. R. (2021). Freedom dreaming in a broken world: The Black radical imagination in Black girls’ science fiction stories. Research in the Teaching of English, 56(1), 85-106.. 
  9. Toliver, S.R., & Hadley, H. (2021) Rhetorically speaking: On white preservice teachers’ failure to imagine an anti-racist English education. English Teaching: Practice and Critique.
  10. Toliver, S.R. (2020). “I desperately need visions of Black people thriving”: Emancipating the fantastic through Black women’s words. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
  11. Toliver, S.R. (2020). Can I get a witness?: Speculative fiction as testimony and counterstory. Journal of Literacy Research, 52(4), 507-529.
  12. Toliver, S.R. (2020). “We wouldn’t have the same connection”: Using read-alouds to build community with Black girls. Voices from the Middle, 27(4), 24-27.
  13. Toliver, S.R. (2020). Afrocarnival: Celebrating Black bodies and critiquing oppressive  bodies in Afrofuturist literature. Children’s Literature in Education, 52(1), 132–148
  14. Toliver, S.R. (2019). Breaking binaries: #BlackGirlMagic and the Black ratchet imagination. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 15(1), 1-26.
  15. Toliver, S.R. & Miller, K. (2019). (Re)Writing reality: Using science fiction to analyze the world. English Journal, 108(3), 51-59
  16. Toliver, S.R. (2018). Alterity and innocence: The hunger games, Rue, and Black girl adultification. Journal of Children’s Literature, 44(2), 4-15.
  17. Toliver, S.R. (2018). Imagining new hopescapes: Expanding Black girl’s windows and mirrors. Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, 1(1), article 3.
  18. Lewis Ellison, T., & Toliver, S.R. (2018). (CHAT)ting at home: A family’s activity theory system. Voices from the Middle, 25(3), 35-40.
  19. Toliver, S.R. (2017). Unlocking the cage: Empowering literacy representations in Netflix’ Luke Cage series. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 61(6), 621-630.


  1. Thomas, E.E., Griffin, A., & Toliver, S.R. (2023). Intersectionality and discourse analysis. In M. Hanford & J. P. Gee (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis (2nd ed., pp. 217 – 230). Routledge.
  2. Toliver, S.R. (2023). In search of my mother’s stories: (Re)membering endarkened storywork. In B.Bickel, R. Irwin, & R. Siegesmund (Eds.), Arts-Based Educational Research Trajectories: Career Reflections by Authors of Outstanding Dissertations (pp. 13–21). Springer.
  3. Toliver, S.R. (2021). Beyond the problem: Afrofuturism as an alternative to realistic fiction in content analyses of Black girl literature. In M. Haddix, G. Muhammad, & D. Price-Dennis (Eds.), Black Girl Literacies Collective Volume.
  4. Toliver, S.R. (2021). Decolonizing reader response: Critically analyzing Black female YA Speculative fiction alongside the author-produced epitext. In S. Witte, M. Gross, and D. Latham (Eds.) Literacy Engagement through Epitextual Analysis.
  5. Toliver, S.R. (2020). Eliminating extermination; fostering existence: Diverse dystopian fiction and female adolescent identity. In R. Fitzsimmons & C. Wilson (Eds.), Beyond the blockbusters: Themes and trends in contemporary young adult literature. University of Mississippi Press.