Archive for December, 2010

Wayne Brown on Caribbean Writers

Monday, 20 December 2010

Katherine Verhagen Rodis

On 7 August 2005, Wayne Brown (1944-2009) offered his place of residence, near Kingston, Jamaica, as a site for our interview. He identified the challenges of being an aspiring writer in Jamaica and discussed how the newspaper medium has helped to mitigate those challenges. He also offered his thoughts on the “authenticity” of diasporic writing about Caribbean experiences. Brown was born Trinidadian but spent most of his life between the two nations. As a writer, he published poetry, short stories, and biographies and won the Commonwealth Prize for Poetry for his first collection of poems, On the Coast (1973). He taught English literature at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and Mona campuses and creative writing in Jamaica. Brown was the chief editor of the Jamaica Observer’s Literary Supplement and his long-time running column “Our Time” appeared in the Sunday Observer and the Trinidad Express. (more…)

Charting a Literary Journey: An Interview with Jacqueline Bishop

Monday, 20 December 2010

Keisha-Gaye Anderson

Jamaican writer and visual artist Jacqueline Bishop is the author of poetry collections Fauna and Snapshots from Istanbul; non-fiction works Writers Who Paint, Painters Who Write: Three Jamaican Artists and My Mother Who Is Me: Life Stories from Jamaican Women in New York; and the novel The River’s Song. A master teacher in New York University’s Liberal Studies Program, Bishop is also the founder of Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, which she began in 1999 as a multi-lingual forum for Caribbean writers, artists, and thinkers. This interview was conducted primarily by email in March of 2010. Bishop writes from Paris, where she was conducting research as part of her second Fulbright award. (more…)