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The Caribbean at the Harlem Book Fair

A selection of author talks at the Harlem Book Fair (Saturday, 18 July 2015) related to Caribbean literature.


Countee Cullen Library Auditorium
104 West 136th Street, New York, NY 10030

Panelists: Denecia Green, Sex, Lies and Betrayal (Jamaica); Leslie Saint Julien, More Than MeLives in New York (Haiti); Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning, (U.S. Virgin Islands)

‘Being woman’ is a universal idea but what is it to be woman, black and Caribbean? How does this ‘trifecta’ of culture affect and inform the work of these popular writers? What ‘woman’ archetypes and ideas do they project in their work? Are they beneficial or stereotypical? Are they to be embraced or avoided? How does Caribbean writing impact our idea of blackness?


1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – WRITING THE CARIBBEAN
Countee Cullen Library Auditorium
104 West 136th Street, New York, NY 10030

Moderator: Yashika Lopez, Bazba Theatrical Players
Panelists: Basil ‘Ku-Soonogo’ Lopez (Jamaica) Only as the Wind Blows; Dr. Michael Barnett, (Jamaica) Rastafari in the New Millennium; Russell Brooks, (Barbados) The Demeter Code

From expatriate writers to those who found inspiration on the island, the Caribbean has a storied literary past and a promising future. The Jamaican writer, poet Claude McKay, is credited with having inspired the Negritude (“Blackness”) movement in France and was a part of the Harlem Renaissance in the United States. Join these new and established word weavers in a discussion of their work and views on representative writing.


Harlem Hospital’s Mural Pavilion
506 Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard) at 136th Street

Moderator: Cheryl Sterling, Professor at CUNY
Panelists: Ifeona Fulani, Ten Days in Jamaica; Gillian Royes, The Rhythm of the August Rain; Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning; Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Daughters of the Stone

Diasporic literature is not simply about exile and return or dislocation and rupture. However, space, as lived reality, remains a recurring theme in the novels, poems, and short stories that form this growing body of work. This literature almost always highlights a specific relationship to a place or culture, but is universal in approach and appeal. But like the Martinican poet and political figure, Aimé Césaire, these writers “have a different idea of the universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all.”


Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture
Langston Hughes Auditorium
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Moderator: Imani Perry, More Beautiful, And More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Equality in the
United States
Panelists: Deborah Thomas, Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica; Samuel Roberts, Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation; Christopher Lebron, The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in our Time, Nell I. Painter, The History of White People

This roundtable discussion will range widely across the issues that have brought tens of thousands to the streets in response to the crisis and spectacle of highly publicized black deaths. Panelists will explore questions concerning the rule of law, the state of black politics, the philosophy of race and attempt to chart pathways to fulfilling the promise of democratic American citizenship.


Above represents only a selection from talks listed on the Harlem Book Fair 2015 author talks page.

Posted in Announcements, Northeast US Events.


A special double issue of e-misférica, a journal produced by Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics journal. This special issue is curated by Gina Athena Ulysse

Still from "Black Bullets" by Jeannette Ehlers

Still from “Black Bullets” by Jeannette Ehlers

VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 1 | 2015

From the introduction by guest editor, Gina Athena Ulysse:

Resist the impulse to translate, pronounce it first. Think consciously of the sound. Let the arch of the r roll over the ah that automatically depresses the tongue; allow the hiss in the s that will culminate at the front of the teeth to entice the jaw to drop for the an sound while un-smacking the lips will propel the bl surrounding the depressed ah again ending with j. Play with its contours. Know what this word feels like in your mouth. In Haitian Kreyòl. 3 syllables. Ra-San-Blaj.

The issue forms a multimedia project that includes a cross-section of scholars and artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora. The TOC, with links to the included pieces, can be found here. A French version of the introduction can be found here.

Posted in Announcements.

The Star Side of Bird Hill launch

Tuesday, 30 June, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson
In conversation with Tiphanie Yanique

star side cover

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street 
(at South Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Book launch for The Star Side of Bird Hill, the debut novel by Naomi Jackson. Born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents, Jackson evokes 1980s Barbados with the story of sixteen-year-old Dionne and her younger sister Phaedra, send to live with their grandmother Hyacinth in the town of Bird Hill. These three characters form an unforgettable matriarchal family buoyed by love and community and tested by heartbreak and betrayal. The Star Side of Bird Hill has been praised by fellow authors including Ayana Mathis and Tiphanie Yanique, who calls it “A book laced with pain but shimmering with hope. With care, the narrative addresses huge issues such as mental illness, mortality, sexuality and, at its very core, what it means to love another person as they are.” Jackson presents her brilliant new novel in conversation with Yanique, whose award-winning novel of the Virgin Islands Land of Love and Drowning was a Greenlight First Editions Club selection.

Above adapted from Greenlight Bookstore event page.

Posted in Northeast US Events.

WORD! 2015

WORD!- A Caribbean Book Fest
Dream to Change the World

Saturday, 6 June 2015
1:00 – 8:30pm
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

See flyer below for schedule and details.

Word 2015

Posted in Northeast US Events.

Caribbean History, Journey, Belonging, and Race

A Conversation with Robert Antoni and Gaiutra Bahadur
Monday, 27 April 2015
1:50–3 p.m.
St John’s University, Queens Campus
D’Angelo Center, Room 128
M1-9824 Caribbean Flyer Final (1)

Posted in Announcements, Northeast US Events.

Writer’s Retreat with Mervyn Morris

A writer’s retreat with Jamaica’s Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris

5 June – 7 June, 2015
Lime Hall, St. Ann’s Bay

Application and cost information on flyer below.


Posted in Announcements.

Radicalism, Revolution, and Freedom in the Caribbean

Friday 17 AprilSaturday 18 April 2015
Plangere Writing Center
302 Murray Hall
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Conference organized by Carter Mathes and Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and the Cluster of Critical Caribbean Studies, Theory and the Disciplines.



Friday, 17 April
3:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Carter Mathes (English and Critical Caribbean Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Screening of Documentary on Racial Inequality in Cuba
“Contra Las Cuerdas” (“Against the Ropes”) followed by Q&A
Moderator: Laura Lomas (English, Rutgers-Newark)
Amílcar O. Cárdenas (Asociación Cubana del Audiovisual)

4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
Session 1
Reimagining Caribbean Studies: Slavery, Transnational Identity, and Contemporary Politics
Moderator: Kevin Manuel-Bentley (American Studies, Rutgers-Newark)

  • Kevin Young (History, Rutgers-New Brunswick), “At the Crossroads of Empire and Republic: Native American Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Cuba and Mexico”
  • Marlene Gaynair (History, Rutgers-New Brunswick), “WHERE’S THE BEEF? Food, Controversy and Citizenship Claims in the
    Jamaican Canadian Community”
  • Hyacinth Miller (Political Science, Rutgers-Newark), “Black, Foreign-Born and Elected: West Indians in New Jersey’s Elected Offices”

Respondent: Michelle Stephens (English and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers New-Brunswick)

6:00 p.m.—6:45 p.m.

Saturday 18 April

8:30 a.m.—9:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
Session 2
“The Multiple Selves of James Bertram Clarke: A Model for Radical Caribbean Historiography”
Zita Nunes (English and Comparative Literature, University of Maryland)
Moderator: Margarita Castromán (English, Rutgers-New Brunswick)
Respondent: Carolyn Ureña (Comparative Literature, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

10:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. —12:15 p.m.
Session 3
“A Black Kingdom of this World: Imagining Revolution in the Caribbean, 1812”
Ada Ferrer (History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University)
Moderator: Elena Lahr-Vivaz (Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Rutgers-Newark)
Respondent: Laurie Lambert (Visiting Researcher, Critical Caribbean Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.—2:45 p.m.
Session 4
“Language and Freedom in Anguilla: Understanding Creolization in a Marginal Colony”
Don E. Walicek (Department of English, University of Puerto Rico)
Moderator: Kathleen López (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and History, Rutgers—New Brunswick)
Respondent: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Comparative Literature, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

2:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:15 p.m.—4:45 p.m.
Session 5
New Caribbean Subjects: Ethics and Love in the Decolonial Imaginary
Moderator: Rafael Vizcaíno (Comparative Literature, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

  • Nidia Bautista (Political Science, Rutgers-New Brunswick)
    “Toward an Ethics of Scholarship: Locating the Intellectual”
  • Carolyn Ureña (Comparative Literature, Rutgers-New Brunswick)
    “Of Beloved and Other Demons: (De)Pathologizing Black Love in Morrison and García Márquez.”

Respondent: Carter Mathes (English, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

5:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Laura Lomas (English, Rutgers-Newark), Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Comparative Literature, Rutgers-New Brunswick), Carter Mathes (English, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

Sponsored by: Critical Caribbean Studies (CCS), the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Department of English, Program in Comparative Literature and the Center for Cultural Analysis.

Posted in Announcements, Northeast US Events.

Why Haiti Needs a Higher Love V


A Performance/Talk by Professor Gina A. Ulysse, Department Of Anthropology, Wesleyan University

Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
Department of Africana Studies
Barnard College, Columbia University

Posted in Northeast US Events.

Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy, Theory, and Critique

6-8 April 2015
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
“Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy, Theory, and Critique”

  • Enrique Dussel, UNAM/UAM, México
  • Gurminder Bhambra, U. of Warwick/Institute for Advance Study, Princeton
  • Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Monday 6 April, 5:00 to 7:00pm 
Keynote “The Latina/o Americas and the Caribbean: A View from the Philosophy of Liberation”
Graduate Student Lounge, College Avenue Campus (right behind Au Bon Pain, next to the Student Center)

Tuesday 7 April, 10 am to 1 pm
Roundtable discussion on “Critical Caribbean Studies, Theory, and Liberation Philosophy in Perspective” with special guests Enrique Dussel and Gurminder Bhambra.
Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. Livingston Campus. Lucy Stone Hall A268. Livingston Campus.

Wednesday 8 April, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Roundtable discussion on “Decolonial Methodologies Today” with Enrique Dussel and Nelson Maldonado-Torres.
Graduate Student Lounge, College Avenue Campus (right behind Au Bon Pain, next to the Student Center)

This event is organized by the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, and sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Special guests:

Gurminder Bhambra, University of Warwick/Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. Her research addresses how, within sociological understandings of modernity, the experiences and claims of non-European ‘others’ have been rendered invisible to the dominant narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. While her research interests are primarily in the area of historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences with recent work in postcolonial studies. Her current research project is on the possibilities for historical sociology in a postcolonial world. She is editor of the new monograph series, Theory for a Global Age, published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Enrique Dussel is the most prolific and one of the most influential philosophers and critical theorists in Latin America. He has two doctoral degrees (one in History and the other in Philosophy), and his work includes dozens of authored and edited books in the fields of philosophy, history, and religion. His most recent text translated to English is the massive Ethics of Liberation in the Age of Globalization and Exclusion published by Duke University Press in 2013. Since the original publication of this volume in Spanish, Dussel has written several volumes on the “politics of liberation” and has recently published a volume on the “economics of liberation.”


Above adapted from emailed announcement.

Posted in Northeast US Events.

Special issue of ArtsEtc honoring Kamau Brathwaite

Call for submissions (in various genres) deadline: 31 March 2015

Kamau Brathwaite

From the call for submissions:

The editors of ArtsEtc are presently inviting writers to submit work to appear online in ArtsEtc No. 31. This issue’s content will essentially be dedicated to Kamau Brathwaite’s work, life and legacy.

Submissions can be in any form (poetry, essay, book review, song, etc.), previously published (with full credit listed) or new. They can be excerpts or full pieces.

1) only one submission per contributor;

2) poetry/songs should be no longer than one (1) page;

3) prose should be no longer than five hundred (500) words.

The editors would also welcome significant photos with or of Kamau. Kindly include a caption, with the names of those in the photo, place taken, date taken, and by whom (if different from the contributor/copyright holder).

All contributors retain the copyright to their work. ArtsEtc is requesting only the non-exclusive right to publish the work on its website for this special issue and store it in the website’s online archives afterward.

Deadline: 31 March 2015.

All submissions may be sent to John Robert Lee at and Jasmine Sealy at

Above adapted from Repeating Islands announcement.

Posted in CFPs.

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