The Caribbean Writer Series: Dialogues on Identity, Immigration, and Art

January 21, 2014

Free, public talks on Feb. 10 and May 1 wrap up the series

TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound’s Caribbean Writer Series continues in February, bringing two more writers of Caribbean descent to Tacoma for conversations about the history, culture, and literature of the West Indies region.

Myriam J. A. Chancy is a prize-winning Haitian-Canadian writer of novels, literary criticism, and scholarly works, who helped forge the path for Haitian women’s studies as an academic specialization. She will give a free talk titled “The Memory Table” on Monday, Feb. 10, 5:30–7 p.m., in the Tahoma Room of Commencement Hall.

Elizabeth Nunez, who was born in Trinidad, is an editor, television producer, professor, and author of eight novels—four of which were New York Times Editors’ Choice selections. She will give a lecture titled “The Two Annas: Novels and a Memoir About the Caribbean Immigrant.” The free talk will be on Thursday, May 1, 5:30–7 p.m., in Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center.

The series The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, presented by University of Puget Sound’s African American Studies program, is featuring five writers over the course of a year, including three who spoke last fall: Tiphanie Yanique, Janelle Gordon, and Gregory Wilson. The speakers have offered firsthand perspectives on topics including colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. The final two talks are outlined below.

Monday, Feb. 10, 5:30–7 p.m.
“The Memory Table,” by Myriam J. A. Chancy

Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Free admission.

Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian writer and professor of English. Her latest novel,The Loneliness of Angels, which explores a spiritual world ranging from mysticism to Judaism, was awarded the 2011 Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award, Best Fiction. Her first novel, Spirit of Haiti, was a finalist in the Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region, of the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She is also the author of Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (1998 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award). Her second novel was The Scorpion’s Claw. Chancy recently published a well-received, third academic work, From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.  

Chancy’s work as editor of the academic arts journal Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism garnered The Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2004. She is a recent editorial advisory board member of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, and is a humanities advisor for The Fetzer Institute, a philanthropic foundation.

Thursday, May 1, 5:30–7 p.m.
“The Two Annas: Novels and a Memoir About the Caribbean Immigrant,” by Elizabeth Nunez

Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center. Free admission.

Elizabeth Nunez, a distinguished professor at Hunter College, The City University of New York, immigrated to the United States from Trinidad after completing high school. She is the award-winning author of eight novels: Boundaries, Anna In-Between, Prospero's Daughter, Bruised Hibiscus, Discretion, Grace, Beyond the Limbo Silence, and When Rocks Dance. Four of her novels were New York Times Editors’ Choice selections. A New York Times review described Nunez as a “master of pacing and plotting.” Anna In-Between received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award. Bruised Hibiscus—described by Black Issues Book Review as “moving, powerful, and haunting”—received an American Book Award.

Nunez has published literary criticism in scholarly journals and is co-editor of the anthology Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Woman Writers at Home and Abroad. She was executive producer for the 2004 New York Emmy Award-nominated television series Black Writers in America.

The Caribbean Writer Series is sponsored by the Chism Lecture in Humanities and Arts, which is supported by an endowment from Seattle businesswoman Catharine Gould Chism.

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