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We have two current issues. 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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Emily Zobel Marshall’s Twitter Residency on Jean “Binta” Breeze (Oct 4-11, 2021)

Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall will be taking over the JWIL twitter feed from October 4-11, 2021 to reflect on the pioneering Jamaican poet, Jean "Binta" Breeze. There is always a strong political dimension to Jean’s work: her poetic voice called for change and resistance to the oppressive and corrosive forces of ignorance and prejudice, and she was committed to bringing her message of hope and resistance to international audiences. During this twitter residency, Emily will be tweeting about how... Read more

In memoriam: Jean “Binta” Breeze (11 March 1956 – 4 August 2021)

The Caribbean literary community lost the legendary Jamaican poet Jean "Binta" Breeze in August 2021. Her indelible influence on the dub poetry movement will surely be reflected in the forthcoming JWIL November 2021 special issue - “Movements and Moments: On Dub Poetry” - being edited by Michael A. Bucknor and Phanuel Antwi. Below are some of the many tributes to her... Read more

In memoriam: Al Ramsawack 1932-2021

JWIL mourns the passing of the celebrated Caribbean folklorist, Al Ramsawack. Ramsawack published hundreds of folklore and fictional stories in newspaper articles, in ten books, numerous radio broadcasts and television features. Some of his best-known publications are Anansi, the tricky spider (1970), Forest folklore of Trinidad and Tobago (1980) and Folklore Stories of Trinidad and Tobago (2017). Many of his publications build on five decades of folklore research in Trinidad and Grenada. In... Read more

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

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