Archive for February, 2011

Crossing the Bridge—An Interview with Tiphanie Yanique

Sunday, 27 February 2011

A. Naomi Jackson

Tiphanie Yanique is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Her collection of short stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2010. She was recently selected as one of National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” and received the prestigious Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She is a professor of creative writing and Caribbean literature at Drew University. Last year, Yanique sat down with me for an interview over roti and mango juice in Flatbush on an early April day that teased with abundant sunshine followed by bone-chilling damp. We bonded over being two small-island women writers, and the children of both fiercely supportive grandmothers and mentally ill mothers. Only the bounds of the tape recorder limited the things that we had to talk about. (more…)