Institute of African American Affairs
“On the Caribbean Imaginary”
Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Time: Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life,
New York University
Location: Grand Hall, 5th floor
238 Thompson Street (between West 3rd Street
and Washington Square South)
New York, NY 10012
Lorna Goodison was born in Jamaica, and has won numerous awards for her writing in both poetry and prose. Over the past thirty-five years her work has garnered wide international attention and awards and recently she became the first non-British writer to be made Poet Laureate of the Durham Book Festival in England. Two of her poems are on display on London’s Poems on the Underground; a translation of one of her short stories appeared on the front of the arts section of Le Monde; and her latest book of poems Supplying Salt and Light was a finalist for Canada’s prestigious Trillium prize.
Goodison’s many other awards include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, the Henry Russel Award and the Shirley Verett Award for Exceptional Creative Work from the University of Michigan, and one of Canada’s largest literary prizes, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People (2007). Her work has been included in the major anthologies and collections of contemporary poetry, such as the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, the HarperCollins World Reader, the Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, and Longman Masters of British Literature.
Along with her award winning memoir, she has published three collections of short stories, including By Love Possessed (2011), and nine collections of poetry.
Her work has been translated into many languages, and she has been a central figure at literary festivals throughout the world. Lorna Goodison is Professor Emerita at University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afroamerican Studies.
About Ifeona Fulani
Ifeona Fulani teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. Her research interests include Caribbean, African and Black British literatures and cultures and her recent publications include a volume of essays, Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music (University of West Indies Press, 2012). Her scholarly articles have been published in journals such as Small Axe, Anthurium and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She is also a creative writer and author of a collection of short stories titled Ten Days in Jamaica, published in 2012, and a novel, Seasons of Dust (1997), as well as stories published in the Beacon’s Best anthology series, in Small Axe, and in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from New York University.