From the transitory and reflective space of an airport lounge, to views of the glistening sea that separates nations and contexts, to the many reaches of the African and Caribbean Diaspora, the works of Emmelie Prophète and Canisia Lubrin transport readers across space and time in sinuous and propulsive narratives of migration, liminality, and colonialism grounded in Caribbean history and folklore. Prophète’s Blue delves into the experiences of women caught between two places, and the pull towards ideas of home and family that exist at a distance. Lubrin’s Windham-Campbell Prize-winning poetry collection The Dyzgraphxst catapults across geographies with “visionary syntax [that] locates hierarchical violence where it roots in the language itself” (The Paris Review). This conversation will be moderated by PEN America Senior Director of Literary Programs Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf.
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