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Cover art by: Mark Jason Weston, "Keeping It Close" - 9 x 12 inches, paper collage & watercolour pencil on watercolour paper, 2020.

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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 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

The University of Chicago’s Department of English invites applications for Ph.D. candidacy in Black studies for the 2020-2021 admission cycle

The University of Chicago's Department of English has announced that, for the 2020-2021 admission cycle, they will be admitting only students working in and with Black studies. They also highlight their particular strength in the area of Caribbean studies, with a growing group of Caribbeanist faculty across methods, languages, and periods, including Jessica Baker (Music), Ryan Cecil Jobson (Anthropology) Sarah Jessica Johnson (English), Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (Romance Languages and Literatures),... Read more

The Caribbean Digital VII to be held virtually, with three asynchronous digital community projects and a synchronous gathering on December 4, 2020

From the organizers - "This year, the seventh annual Caribbean Digital event will be held virtually, with three asynchronous digital community projects and a synchronous gathering. Currently, we are in the midst of collecting entries for one of the three community projects, our Directory of Caribbean Digital Scholarship. To suggest projects for inclusion in the Directory, you are invited to add links and annotations to our master spreadsheet between October 26 and November 20.  We are... Read more

Dr. Ronald Cummings joins JWIL editorial team

The JWIL editorial team is very pleased to announce that we have welcomed aboard a new member of the collective - Dr. Ronald Cummings. Dr. Cummings is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures at Brock University, Canada. His research focuses on critical Maroon studies, gender and sexuality studies and on Caribbean literary historiography. He is co-editor (with Alison Donnell) of Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). We... Read more

In memoriam: Edward Kamau Brathwaite 1930-2020

JWIL mourns the loss of Kamau Brathwaite, one of Caribbean poetry's giants and a lodestar for so many of us Caribbean literary scholars. His contributions to the urgent and continuing project of decolonization continue to awe, move and inspire legions. Here are a few of the tributes to this remarkable life and... Read more

In memoriam: Dr. Victor Chang

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our own, our longstanding Editor, colleague and friend, Dr. Victor Chang. Dr. Chang dedicated himself to JWIL's life and influence for over twenty years, serving first as Co-Editor from 1987-2002 and then as Editor-in-Chief from 2002-2009. Dr. Chang also provided the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and its Department of Literatures in English with distinguished and dedicated service for thirty-two years. From 1990-1994,... Read more

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