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Love Affair with Lit on March 5

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Colin Channer

This year's Literatures in English Month celebrations at UWI, Mona, begin on Saturday March 4, with the workshop Preparing for Publishing, led by acclaimed author Colin Channer. It will be followed on Sunday, March 5, with the signature event of the Department of Literatures in English, Love Affair with Literature.

It takes place at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), UWI, at 11 a.m., featuring Colin Channer, Faizal Deen, Ifeona Fulani, and Yashika Graham.

A leading voice in contemporary poetry and fiction, Jamaican writer Colin Channer is the author of the best-selling Waiting in Vain (2010), a Critic's Choice Selection of the Washington Post, which calls it "a clear redefinition of the Caribbean novel".


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There has also been much praise for his most recent work, Providential (2015). Eileen Myles describes the collection as "one of the most lucid and telling poetry books of this exact time", and it was among Large Up's "Ten Great Books by Caribbean Authors in 2015".

Guyanese Canadian writer Faizal Deen locates "imaginations of cultural hybridity" in "passages between real and imagined homelands and host lands".

His new work, the long poem The Greatest Films (2016), takes the reader to Guyana, Canada, India, and to the movies, splicing personal history with 20th Century cinema. He spent two years in Kingston as a postgraduate student in the MPhil programme in English at UWI, Mona. Deen now lives in Ottawa, where he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature and a Graduate Fellow in Migration and Diaspora Studies at Carleton University.

Set variously in Jamaica, London, Calcutta, and New York, Ifeona Fulani's short story collection Ten Days in Jamaica (2013), reflects a Jamaica-born writer shaped by "emigrant experience" but "also wise to island ways" (Mary Hanna).

Among Jamaica's most striking new voices in poetry, Yashika Graham has read for audiences in Jamaica, the United States, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Panama. She is an alumna of the Drawing Room Project's 2016 Writers' Retreat, led by Prof Emeritus Edward Baugh, and her poems have been published or are forthcoming, in The Caribbean Writer, POUi, Susumba's Book Bag, Moko Magazine and Poesia de Costa A Costa: Anthology of the Ars Amandi Poetry Festival, Panama.