Yashika Graham | Sunday, December 18th, 2016
If madness means being plagued by memory, haunted by ruins of the past, and housing oneself in the thick of life, then may we all be so afflicted.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Linton Kwesi Johnson is one of the legends of dub poetry in particular and Caribbean performance poetry in general.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Tribe Sankofa is getting ‘turnt up’! At least so declares the name of their upcoming edition of their Word Soul performance event. The list of guest performers slated to join the Tribe for the performance suggests that this is no empty boast.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Less than a month after she became the second Jamaican to take home the Forward Prize, the UK’s largest prize for poetry, Claudia Rankine has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for her celebrated poetry collection Citizen: An American Lyric.
Robyn Stephenson | Friday, July 31st, 2015
Japan-based motivational speaker and youth advocate Juleus Ghunta has stepped into the realm of published poet with the release of his first poetry chapbook, The Way I Learned to Ignore. Several of his poems centre on his experiences of childhood.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Friday, May 29th, 2015
The Labour Day weekend journey from Kingston, through the hills of Manchester and winding down to the St. Elizabeth seaside has become a tradition for many of Jamaica‘s lit lovers. Usually, its to get to the Calabash Literary Festival, which is now unfortunately biennial.
Robyn Stephenson | Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Every Sunday morning Earl McKenzie listens to the Mass in B Minor, a symphony composed by the famous Johann Sebastian Bach.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Monday, April 20th, 2015
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (Graywolf Press) continues to mine literary acclaim, making it to the shortlist of the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, one of the slate of prizes in the PEN Literary Awards.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Friday, March 13th, 2015
Jamaican poet Claudia Rankine won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, January 11th, 2015
The lecture theatre at the new Faculty of Medical Sciences complex echoed with music, poetry and praise as Tanya Shirley’s sophomore collection The Merchant of Feathers was ushered into the world.