Popcaan Where We Come From album cover by Small Axe 54 cover artist Ricardo Edwards
by Tiana Reid
For the playlist to accompany Small Axe's latest issue, we stayed close to the Jamaican 1960s special section. And yet the afterlife of music—Peter Tosh's "I Am That I Am" (1977) or even Popcaan's "Where We Come From" (2014)—suggests that the 1960s as an era lived much longer than its nominal decade.
Small Axe 54 playlist.
In this twenty-sixith issue of sx salon, Vanessa Valdés serves as guest editor for a special discussion, “Commemorating 1917.” As Valdés noted in her Call for Papers earlier this year, “1917 was a significant year in the Caribbean,” with major happenings in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
By Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos
30 November – 1 December 2017
The Colonnades Club and The Inn at Darden
The November 2017 issue of Small Axe is now available. This issue includes a special section entitled "The Jamaican 1960s," with essays by David Scott, Donette Francis, Deborah A. Thomas, Sheri-Marie Harrison, Obika Gray, Maziki Thame, Faith Smith, and Charles Carnegie. The issue also includes a book discussion of SX's managing editor, Vanessa Pérez-Rosario's, book Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon.
In light of the Small Axe Project's continued attention to recent hurricane-wrought devastation across the Caribbean, we would like to share our own, Yarimar Bonilla's recent writings and interviews on Puerto Rico and the political, economic, and environmental situation on the island before and after Hurricane Maria.
We in the Small Axe Project are watching with deep concern and anguish the path of Hurricane Maria. The wreckage in human life and the destruction of the livelihoods of ordinary people that it is leaving behind in its wake is incalculable, perhaps irreparable. Our thoughts are with family, friends, and colleagues in the affected regions, especially those with whom we have not been able to make contact as a consequence of the widespread collapse of communication systems. Let us seek to support, wherever we can, however we can, those in most need.
The sx archipelagos editorial team is excited to present our sophomore issue. Since launching the journal last year we’ve both shored up and expanded our community of contributors and collaborators, and we hope sxa (2) does justice to this evolution. The essays in the issue all turn around the question of Haiti, history, and the digital – from Laura Wagner on curating and preserving oral/aural history, to Sarah Juliet Lauro on gaming the Haitian Revolution, to Nathan H. Dize, Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Abby R. Broughton, and Brittany M.
A Reading and Conversation with Sandra Cisneros
Latina Life Stories series curated by Vanessa Pérez-Rosario
Date: September 18, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 12:50pm
Location: Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library
As Hurricane Irma makes its way up the Caribbean archipelago, with such devastating effect, we in the Small Axe Project wish to extend our thoughts to all those in the region who have already been affected, and to urge those in its path to do everything possible to protect themselves, their families, their friends and neighbors, their communities, from harm and injury.