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The second of our two April 2021 publications is here! Please see below for JWIL Vol 29 No 2, edited by Lisa Outar. Volume 29, No 1 edited by Marta Férnandez Campa and Evelyn O'Callaghan, with a special focus on Caribbean archives, is available via clicking "view back issues." Happy reading!

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Cover art by: Khaffi Beckles, "A Temporary Reconciliation", 18 x 11 inches, vellum, brown paper, India ink, paraffin wax on glass, 2016.

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Linzey Corridon’s Twitter Residency on Vincentian Literature – 8/30/21-9/6/2021

Earlier this year, the Caribbean watched as St. Vincent and the Grenadines was rocked by the La Soufrière volcano eruption. For our August/September twitter residency, JWIL makes space to talk about the literary culture, history and heritage of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Between August 30 and September 6, Linzey Corridon will be tweeting about Vincentian literature. Linzey Corridon (he/they) is a Vanier Scholar and PhD student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at... Read more

Miguel Vasquez’s Twitter residency re: Caribbean Writers Summer Institute

To mark Caribbean Literature Day 2021, JWIL kicks off another Twitter residency. Between July 12-19, 2021, Miguel Antony Vasquez will be tweeting about the archives of the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami. Operating from 1991-1996, The Caribbean Writers Summer Institute was envisioned as an initiative that would bring Caribbean writers in dialogue with each other and with the United States. The overwhelming success of this six-week residential program (based at... Read more

Twitter Residency on George Lamming

JWIL kicks off June with another Twitter residency. Between June 7 and 14, Faizal Deen - @faizalbynight - is tweeting about the great Caribbean writer, George Lamming. This residency will coincide with Lamming's 94th birthday on June 8th, 2021! Faizal Deen was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to Canada in the late 1970s. He is the author of two books of poetry. His first book Land Without Chocolate, a Memoir... Read more

Launch of newly published three volumes of Caribbean Literature in Transition

Announcing the launch of the three volumes of Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1800-2020 in Cambridge University Press’s expansive, ambitious series “In Transition”. The three volumes seek to change the conversation around Caribbean literature in the English-speaking world by emphasizing the multilingual Caribbean, by highlighting women and queer writers, by featuring visual art, music, and nontraditional venues for literary publishing like newspapers, pamphlets, and contemporary... Read more

Call for Papers — Recognition and Recovery of Caribbean Canadian Cultural Production

Michael A. Bucknor and Cornel Bogle invite submissions for a special issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies on Caribbean Canadian cultural production which will feature scholarship that is engaged in the critical tasks of recovery and recognition of figures, texts, debates, collectives, and institutions that have influenced the field. The editors welcome essays and interviews that focus on both historical and contemporary Caribbean Canadian cultural... Read more

In memoriam: Martin Mordecai 1942-2021

The Editorial Team of the Journal of West Indian Literature, as well as many of our advisors and readers, were saddened to hear about the death of Martin Mordecai in Canada. The father of Rachel Mordecai, who served as a JWIL Editor for many years, and the husband of Pam Mordecai and brother-in-law of Betty Wilson (both contributors to JWIL and the editors of one of the first anthologies of Caribbean women’s writing, Her True True Name), Martin Mordecai was a Jamaican man of words. He worked... Read more

Call for Papers: Special JWIL April 2022 Issue on Kamau Brathwaite

Engaging Kamau Brathwaite: This special issue of the Journal of West Indian Literature seeks papers and reflections on the work of Kamau Brathwaite, situating the writer/poet/scholar and his work within the canons of Caribbean, American, African-American, and/or postcolonial literature. In particular, we are interested in contributions that consider how, and why, we can/should/do engage Brathwaite’s work in our writing, research, and teaching today, a half-century after his first major... Read more

In memoriam: Zee Edgell (21 Oct 1940 – 20 Dec 2020)

JWIL mourns the passing of the great Caribbean writer Zee Edgell. She is celebrated for her books Beka Lamb (1982), In Times like These (1991), The Festival of San Joaquin (1997) and Time and the River (2007). She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007 and retired from her role as Professor of English at Kent State University in 2009. Her novel Beka Lamb, which elucidated the colonial, patriarchal and class pressures on Caribbean women, continues to influence... Read more

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