AUTHOR and activist Thomas Glave in collaboration with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), UWI, St Augustine will host a public lecture and book launch at the Daaga Hall Auditorium at UWI on April 15 at 5.30 pm.
Glave is a Professor of Creative Writing, English, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at SUNY Binghamton. … The first book of its kind, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles Published by Duke University Press, 2008, is an anthology of lesbian and gay writing from across the Antilles.
Glave has gathered outstanding fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry by little-known writers together with selections by internationally celebrated figures such as José Alcántara Almánzar, Reinaldo Arenas, Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Audre Lorde, Achy Obejas, and Assotto Saint. The result is an unprecedented literary conversation on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experiences throughout the Caribbean and its far-flung diaspora. Many selections were originally published in Spanish, Dutch, or creole languages; some are translated into English here for the first time.
The 37 authors hail from the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St Vincent, St Kitts, Suriname and Trinidad. Many have lived outside the Caribbean, and their writings depict histories of voluntary migration as well as exile from the repressive governments, communities, and families. Many pieces have a political urgency that reflect their author’s work as activists, teachers, community organisers, and performers. Desire commingles with ostracism and allegation throughout: in the evocative portrayals of same-sex love and longing, and in the selections addressing religion, family, race, and class.
From the poem “Saturday Night in San Juan with the Right Sailors” to the poignant narrative “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?” to an eloquent call for the embrace of difference that appeared in the Nassau Daily Tribune on the eve of an anti-gay protest, Our Caribbean is a brave and necessary book.
Contributors are José Alcántara Almánzar, Aldo Alvarez, Reinaldo Arenas, Rane Arroyo, Jesús, R Erica Doyle, Thomas Glave, Rosamond S King, Helen Klonaris, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Audre Lorde, Shani Mootoo, Anton Nimblett, Achy Obejas, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Virgilio Piñera, Patricia Powell, Kevin Everod Quashie, Juanita Ramos, Colin Robinson, Assotto Saint, Andrew Salkey, Lawrence Scott, Maikeda Silvera, H Nigel Thomas, Rinaldo Walcott, Gloria Wekker and Lawson Williams.