March 9, 2011

A Night of Celebration

Garfield Ellis, Geoffrey Philp, George Lamming

On Thursday night’s gathering of authors at Books & Books (3/3/2011), there was much to celebrate in Caribbean letters. For not only were we celebrating the lifetime of service of Dr. Sandra Pouchet Paquet, whose scholarship on the work of George Lamming (who was also in the audience) has been invaluable to scholars and writers, but we were also had the pleasure of meeting the following authors, who launched their books:

Michael A. Bucknor is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He is an editor of the Journal of West Indian Literature and has published book chapters and journal articles on Caribbean and Canadian Literature, diasporic writing, body theory, masculinities, cultural and performance studies.
Alison Donnell is author of Twentieth Century Caribbean Literature (Routledge, 2006); editor of Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture (Routledge, 2002) and co-editor of The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature (1996).
Anthony Bogues is Harmon Family Professor, Professor of Africana Studies, Political Science, Modern Culture and Media and Humanities Faculty Fellow at Brown University. He is also Honorary Professor of the Humanities at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, an associate editor of the journal Small Axe and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Boundary 2. His latest book is Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire and Freedom (2010).
Garfield Ellis grew up in Jamaica, the eldest of nine children. He studied marine engineering, management and public relations in Jamaica and he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Miami, as a James Michener Fellow. He is the author of four other books: Flaming Hearts, Wake Rasta, Such As I Have, and For Nothing at All. His work has appeared in several international journals, including: Callaloo, Calabash, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian III, Small Axe and Anthurium. He is a two-time winner of the Una Marson Prize for adult literature; has twice won the Canute A. Brodhurst prize for fiction and the 1990 Heinemann Lifestyle short story competition.
Kezia Page received her PhD from the University of Miami (2002) and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Colgate University where she teaches Caribbean literature and Ethnic American literature. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Small Axe, Anthurium, The Journal of West Indian Literature and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
Dr. Michelle Rowley is an Assistant Professor to the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland. Her publications include “When the Post-Colonial State Bureaucratizes Gender: Charting Trinidadian Women’s Centrality Within The Margins,” “Where the Streets have no name: Getting Development out of the (RED).” “Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Meditations on the Sacred Possibilities of an Erotic Feminist Pedagogy,” and “Whose Time Is It?: Gender and Humanism in Contemporary Caribbean Feminist Advocacy.” She serves on the editorial board for Feminist Studies.

Dr. Patricia Saunders, who introduced the authors, also had some exciting news: the rebirth of the Caribbean Summer Writers’ Institute and the consolidation of the CSWI database.

It was great to see George Lamming, who taught the CSWI seminar in fiction (1991) and fellow UM alums, Andrea Shaw and Garfield Ellis.

Here are some more photos from the event:
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