Derek Walcott (1930-2017) – With the rest of the world and especially the Caribbean literary community, JWIL mourns the extinguishing of the light of Derek Walcott. In the words of Kei Miller, “Walcott is one of only a handful of poets for whom the superlative will always be insufficient. He was, quite simply, the great poet of the Caribbean and then beyond. He once told me that poetry was not a democracy. It was, instead, a kingdom and not everyone could enter it. If that is true, we should fly the flag at half mast, because the king is dead.”
Call For Papers for Anthology on Children’s and Young Adult Literature of the Caribbean and its Diaspora – This anthology aims to cultivate and create a space for exploring the history and current state of children’s literature and culture in the Caribbean and its diaspora. The editors invite scholars, teachers, creative writers, online journalists, and activists to consider how literature and the creative arts written or produced for young audiences contribute to the identity of the Caribbean and function as an integral part of its history, culture, and educational system.
Please send abstracts of 500 words and a brief biography by June 1, 2017 to Betsy Nies (email@example.com) and Melissa Garcia Vega (firstname.lastname@example.org). If accepted, complete rough drafts of 5000 to 7000 words will be due by November 1, 2017.
Full details at http://www.unf.edu/coas/english/Call_for_Papers.aspx