SX Issues

small axe

SX 71: 7.2023

Nadia Huggins 

The Beginning is the
End and the End
is the Beginning

Small Axe is our peer-reviewed print journal. It is the first of our four platforms. A journal of criticism conceived in the tradition of a long line of independent Caribbean journal projects, Small Axe is committed to rethinking the dominant narratives through which the regional and diasporic Caribbean have been imagined and conceptualized. Taking into account anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone intellectual and cultural traditions, the journal aims to offer a platform for the expansion of critical Caribbean dialogues. Small Axe is published by Duke University Press three times per year, in March, July, and November.

David Scott

Managing Editor
Vanessa Pérez-Rosario

Editorial Assistants
Dantaé Elliot
Tyler Grand Pre
Mayaki Kimba

Production Manager / Copyeditor
Kelly Martin

Graphic Designer
Juliet Ali

Copyeditor, French / Spanish
Alex Martin

Editorial Committee
Victoria Collis Buthelezi
Charles Carnegie
Andil Gosine
Erica Moiah James
Régine Jean-Charles
Ryan Jobson
Kelly Baker Josephs
Aaron Kamugisha
Antonio López
Wayne Modest
Tami Navarro
Harvey Neptune
Dixa Ramírez D'Oleo
Matthew Smith
Vanessa Valdés


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Showcases essays by Corine Labridy-Stofle, Lucy Swanson, Carlos Garrido Castellano and Magdalena Lopez. Following Small Axe's 2019 symposium of the same name, this issue's special section, "The Jamaican 1950s," is guest-edited by Deborah A. Thomas and features essays by Tracy Robinson, Matthew Chin, Tao Leigh Goffe, Keisha Lindsay, O'Neil Lawrence, Ronald Cummings and Donette Francis. Martinican photographer and cover artist Robert Charlotte presents his series "Sous influence" for our visual essay. sx63 then closes with a book discussion of Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness, edited by David Austin.

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Features essays by Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann, Danielle Roper and Traci-Ann Wint, Fredrik Thomasson, and Simona Bertacco. Special section "States of Crisis: Disaster, Recovery, and Possibility in the Caribbean" guest-edited by Ryan Cecil Jobson features essays by Greg Beckett, Leniqueca A. Welcome, Sarah E. Vaughn, Adriana Garriga-López, Natasha Lightfoot, and Yarimar Bonilla. Visual essay "Hacia adentro" by cover artist René Peña. Book discussion of Peter James Hudson's  Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean.

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Features essays by Guillermina De Ferrari, Shawn C. Gonzalez and Yomaira C. Figueroa. Special section "Con-Federating the Archipelago: The Confederación Antillana and the West Indies Federation" guest-edited by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann features essays by Kahlila Chaar-Pérez, Ángel A. Rivera, Raphael Dalleo, Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann, Alison Donnell, Glyne Griffith and Jossianna Arroyo. Visual essay "One Thousand Mes" by cover artist Sarah Knights. Book discussion of Vanessa Valdés' Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.

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Features essays by Marina Magloire, Shanya Cordis, Jason Frydman, Cristina Pérez Jiménez, Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez, and Raj Chetty. Interview with Frank Birbalsingh by Nalini Mohabir and Ronald Cummings. The issue also includes a visual essay by La Vaughn Belle, "The Alchemy of Creative Resistance." Special section, "Translating the Caribbean," on José Lezama Lima's "Julián del Casal" by Arnaldo M Cruz Malavé. Book discussion of Christopher Taylor's Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Imperialism.

SX 59: 07.2019


Features essays by Kathleen DeGuzman, Matthew Chin, Joan Flores-Villalobos, and Robert Decker. Also featured are the 2018 Literary Competition winners, Sassy Ross and Suzanne Persard (poetry), and Caroline Mackenzie and Ira Mathur (short fiction). The issue also includes a visual essay by Mafalda Nicolas Mondestin, "Acts of Survival: Self-preservation and Holding Space." The book discussion is of Dixa Ramírez's Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, with essays by Katerina Gonzalez-Seligmann, Sharina Maillo-Pozo, Zaire Dinzey-Flores, and Ramírez.

SX 58: 03.2019


Features essays by Jack Webb, Daniel Benjamin and Paul Emiljanowicz. Special section, "The Jamaican 1970s," with contributions by Donette Francis, Rachel Mordecai, Kim Robinson-Walcott, Rupert Lewis, Brian Meeks, Eddie Chambers, Honor Ford-Smith and David Scott. The visual section features the work of Phillip Thomas. Book discussion of Ada Ferrer's Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution with contributions by Sara Johnson and Laura Rosanne Adderley.

SX 57 : 11.2O18


Features essays by Michael Walnonen, Kaneesha Parsard and Bonnie Thomas. A special section, "Caribbean In/securities,” guest edited by Patricia Noxolo, featuring essays by Ronald Cummings, David Featherstone, Kevin Rhiney, Rivke Jaffe and Anthony Harriott, Susan P. Mains and Anyaa Anim-Addo. Essays by Betsy Wing and James Maraniss on translating the Caribbean. SX Visualities with work from our cover artist, Miguel Luciano. Book discussion of Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake.

SX 56 : 07.2018


Includes a special section, "Contemporary Dominican Gender and Sexualities Studies," guest-edited by Maja Horn, featuring essays from Elizabeth S. Manley, Sharina Maillo-Pozo, Ana Maurine Lara, Danny Méndez, Rachel Afi Quinn, Dixa Ramírez, Carlos Ulises Decena and Fátima Portorreal. SX Visualities with work from our cover artist, Scherezade Garcia. 2017 Small Axe literary competition winners. Book discussion of Gaiutra Bahadur's Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture



SX 55: 03.2018


Features essays by Jennifer Morgan, Heather Vermeulen, Chris Moffatt, Petra Rivera, and Lyndon Gil. Includes a special section, "Eulogizing Creoleness?: Rereading Éloge de la Créolité, Part II" guest-edited by Celia Britton and Martin Munro, with contributions by Nathalie Batraville, Dominique Chancé, Christina Kullberg, Fred Reno, and Justin Izzo. SX Visualities features from Roland Rose. Book discussion of Louis Chude-Sokei, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics.