Americas Society Hosts Caribbean Literary Scholars


The Literature Department of the Americas Society recently hosted readings by Caribbean literary scholars Lorna Goodison and Caryl Phillips, at its headquarters in Manhattan, New York.
Ms. Goodison read from her rich poetry collection, which explores her family history, the splendor of her native Jamaica and the African/European strands of Caribbean society. Among the poems she recited were ‘Controlling the Silver’ and ‘Turn Thanks’.
Mr. Phillips, a native of St. Kitts, who now resides in New York, also read excerpts from his works ‘Cambridge’ and ‘Dancing in the Dark’. Mr. Phillips’ writings examine the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its consequences for the African Diaspora.
Daniel Shapiro, Director of Literature at the Americas Society, who chaired the event, said that the readings provided a sample of the quality literature being produced in the Caribbean Diaspora.
The Consulate General in New York, the Inter-Americas/Society of Arts and Letters of the Americas, and the Research Institute for the Study of Man, collaborated in organizing the event.

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