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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.

News Forum

Kedon Willis’ Twitter Residency on Jamaica Kincaid (Nov 15-22, 2021)

Kedon Willis will take over the JWIL Twitter feed from Nov 15-22, 2021 to celebrate Jamaica Kincaid’s colossal impact on Caribbean writing by highlighting her devotion to telling Caribbean stories and her resistance to limits on how those stories could be told. Throughout the week, Kedon will spotlight media on how the author, in building her career, pushed against boundaries surrounding the depiction of women’s lives and their relationships, the conventions of the autobiographical genre,... Read more

CFP: ACLALS 2022, Toronto, July 11-15, 2022

Announcing a call for papers for the Association for Commonwealth Literature And Language Studies (ACLALS) 2022 conference. At a time when we are experiencing profound and unexpected disruptions to our shared spaces, routines, economies, societies, and work-lives, ACLALS 2022 proposes that we convene in Toronto (fingers crossed!) to consider the nature and implications of rupture, the commons, and their conjoining: the ruptured commons. Garnett Hardin wrote in 1968 about “the tragedy of... Read more

Janelle Rodriques’ Twitter Residency on representations of tourism in Caribbean literature (Nov 8-14, 2021)

Between November 8-14, Janelle Rodriques (@Sister_Killjoy) will tweet selections from various scholarly, creative and historical reflections on Caribbean tourism, from Jamaica Kincaid to Kei Miller, from Kamala Kempadoo to Angelique Nixon. She will be curating - and invites us to curate together - various critiques of the region’s dependence on and our quarrels with tourism, as an extension of plantation politics and poetics. Janelle Rodriques (@Sister_Killjoy) is a Caribbean literary... Read more

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

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