ACLALS 16th Triennial Conference
Sandals Grande Hotel, Gros Islet, St. Lucia, August 5-9, 2013
Peepal Tree Press Lunch Hour Readings: Jamaican Writers
Edward Baugh is one of the Caribbean’s major poets and a literary critic whose distinguished career has been devoted to West Indian literature – in particular the work of the towering Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott. He was born in Jamaica in 1936. He pursued postgraduate research, and a Commonwealth Scholarship took him to the University of Manchester, where he gained a Ph.D. He taught at the University of the West Indies for well over thirty years. He has also held many visiting posts in America and the UK. Edward Baugh has one of the most instantly recognisable voices in Caribbean poetry with his dry, dry wit, poise and elegance, but the constant capacity to surprise by the range of his concerns.
Titles: Black Sand (2013 new for the conference)
Emmy-winning Jamaican Poet & Writer, Kwame Dawes is Peepal Tree Press’s Associate poetry editor the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska, where he is a Chancellor’s Professor of English. A writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays, Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962, but spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. Of his sixteen collections of poetry, his most recent titles include Duppy Conqueror (Copper Canyon, 2013); Wheels (2011); Back of Mount Peace (2009). His essays have appeared in numerous journals including Bomb Magazine, The London Review of Books, Granta, Essence, World Literature Today, and Double Take Magazine. Dawes is also the editor of four anthologies, two novels, a memoir and in 2009 he won an Emmy for LiveHopeLove.com, an interactive site based on Kwame Dawes’s Pulitzer Center project, HOPE: Living and loving with AIDS in Jamaica. Dawes is also an accomplished actor, playwright, and producer. Fifteen of his plays have been produced, and he has acted in, directed or produced several of these productions himself, most recently One Love at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.
Back of Mount Peace (2010)
Velma Pollard is widely known as a writer, researcher and educator from Jamaica. She won her first poetry prize aged seven. She has published four collections of poetry with Peepal Tree Press, most recently And Caret Bay Again, new and selected poems , and The Best Philosophers I Know Can’t Read and Write (Mango Publishing). Considering Woman, a collection of prose pieces published by The Women’s Press in 1989, was collected with new material in Considering Woman I & II (Peepal Tree Press, 2010). Her novella Karl won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Prize in 1992. Her celebrated academic monograph, Dread Talk: The Language of the Rastafari, was published in 1994 by Canoe Press. She has also edited several anthologies of writing for schools.
And Caret Bay Again, new and selected poems (2013)
Leaving Traces (2008)
Crown Point and Other Poems (1988)
Shame Trees Don’t Grow Here (1992)
Tanya Shirley was born and lives in Jamaica. She is a graduate student and teacher in the Department of Literatures at UWI, Mona. She was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, USA. Her work has appeared in Small Axe and The Caribbean Writer and in New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology (ed. Kei Miller, Carcanet, 2007. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a past participant in Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops. Her debut collection, She Who Sleeps With Bones was named a 2009 Jamaican bestseller. In 2014 Peepal tree will publish her new collection, Merchant of Feathers.
Titles: She Who Sleeps With Bones (2009)