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Our special issue on Kamau Brathwaite is here! Please see below for JWIL Vol. 30 No. 2, guest edited by Kelly Baker Josephs. Happy reading!

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JWIL Vol 30 No 2 April 2022
Cover art by: Kraig Yearwood, "Gold Coast", 21 x 27 inches, mixed media on sequined luxury gift paper: acrylics, graphite, magazine cutouts and embossed metallic gold paper, 2021

News Forum

JWIL pays tribute to George Lamming (June 8, 1927-June 4, 2022)

JWIL pays tribute to Caribbean literary luminary George Lamming, who passed away on June 4, 2022 at the age of 94. A towering figure in Caribbeana, Lamming was one of the pillars of a foundational period of our literature, part of the Windrush generation. Creative writer, thinker, scholar, teacher, journalist, he brought all his gifts to bear on the weighty ruminations on Caribbean societies and the search for solutions for our development. Nadi Edwards notes that Lamming  “was a brilliant... Read more

Jarrel De Matas’ Twitter residency on Caribbean sf (June 6-13, 2022)

Join us from June 6-13, 2022 when Jarrel De Matas will be taking over our Twitter feed. Jarrel will be tweeting about our Caribbean sf tradition (science fiction/speculative fiction/fantasy/folklore).  His Twitter residency will highlight some of the creative and intellectual ancestors of Caribbean sf. Over the week, he will shine light on writers such as Edgar Mittelholzer, Wilson Harris, Kamau Brathwaite, Derek Walcott, Suzanne Césaire, Sylvia Wynter, and Curdella Forbes - who he considers... Read more

Rachel Mordecai’s Twitter Residency on teaching the work of Kamau Brathwaite (May 11-18, 2022)

May 11th is Kamau Brathwaite's Birthday. Join us as JWIL teams up with sx salon to mark KB's birthday. Between May 11 - 18th, sx salon's general editor Rachel Mordecai will take over our Twitter feed to share reflections on teaching Kamau's work. In addition to being one of the Caribbean's foremost writers, Kamau was also a teacher. His pedagogies of the word were instructive. This Twitter residency will reflect on pedagogical questions. In particular, Rachel Mordecai will explore questions... Read more

Natalie Wall’s Twitter Residency on the work of dub artist d’bi.young anitafrika (April 25-May 2, 2022)

Join us from 25th April – 2nd May for a JWIL Twitter residency with Natalie Wall, exploring artivism and monodrama in the work of d’bi.young anitafrika. Follow along at @jwilonline Jamaican-Canadian dub artist d’bi.young anitafrika, creator of the anitafrika method and spolrusie publishing, is a black queer feminist dub poet who has authored twelve plays, four collections of poetry and recorded seven albums. anitafrika has reinvented the way that we understand black womxn’s... Read more

Alecia McKenzie’s Twitter Residency on the “Disco of Dub” (March 28-April 4, 2022)

Join us from March 28-April 4 for a JWIL Twitter residency by writer Alecia McKenzie. McKenzie's residency will explore "The Disco of Dub – as in discothèque, library, discography." The word "disco" comes from "discothèque"/discoteca - which used to mean "a record library" before the word started being used for "nightclub", etc. This residency will explore McKenzie's  "discoteca" or collection of dub recordings. She will be tweeting about various recordings, while referencing her... Read more

Evelyn O’Callaghan and Lisa Outar’s Twitter Residency on JWIL’s history (March 7-21, 2022)

This year marks 36 years of the Journal of West Indian Literature's life as a regional University of the West Indies-led Caribbeanist project invested in highlighting and critically examining the prolific literary production of the Caribbean. This two-part Twitter residency featuring, first, immediate past JWIL editor-in-chief, Evelyn O'Callaghan, and, then, current JWIL editor-in-chief, Lisa Outar, reflected both on the Journal's past and its current life as a leading site for promoting... Read more

Shivaun Hearne’s Twitter Residency on the life and work of John Hearne (Jan 31-Feb 7)

We warmly welcome Shivaun Hearne who will be tweeting about the life and work of the Jamaican writer, John Hearne, from Jan 31-Feb 7. This Twitter Residency will help to mark John Hearne's birthday on February 4! John Hearne is the author of Voices under the Window (1955), The Eye of the Storm (1958), The Faces of Love (1959), Stranger at the Gate (1959), The Autumn Equinox (1959), Land of the Living (1961) and The Sure Salvation (1985). In 2016, UWI Press published John Hearne’s Short... Read more

Isis Semaj-Hall’s Twitter Residency on Dub Sound and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (Jan 17-24, 2022)

JWIL welcomes Isis Semaj-Hall to our first 2022 Twitter residency. She will dive into dub sound with a salute to the extra-terrestrial body of art that Lee 'Scratch' Perry left for us as listeners and viewers. Over the course of the week, Semaj-Hall (aka the Riddim Writer) will explore Perry's 2019 Swiss Institute exhibit, the music Perry made in European sound laboratories, and Perry's unique approach to production.  Twitter-fans can look forward to Semaj-Hall sharing highlights from her... Read more

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