Posted on September 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

During the Romance Writers of America’s public turmoil, it was often noted that the organization — facing complaints about internal racism — was founded by a Black woman.

And that, in most pieces, was it.

Few if any pieces actually reached out to that woman, Vivian Stephens — despite the fact that she's still alive and that the RWA recently renamed its top award after her.

Texas Monthly decided to rectify that issue; writer Mim Swartz got in touch with the eighty-seven-year-old, mostly virtually because of the pandemic, and produced a beautiful profile about this determined, accomplished literary powerhouse.

Read how she rose to prominence, founded the Romance Writers of America, and then left the organization in Texas Monthly.

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