Smith to Host Readings By Caribbean
Women Authors in October
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Smith College will
host a Caribbean women writers series, titled "Voices from Hispaniola:
Haiti and the Dominican Republican," from Oct. 15 to 22. The readings,
which are sponsored by the feminist scholarly journal Meridians and the
Ford Foundation, are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
The authors featured in the series are Edwidge
Danticat who will give the first reading at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.
15, in Neilson Library Browsing Room; Loida Maritza Pérez and
Myriam J. A. Chancy who will read at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18,
in Neilson Library Browsing Room; and Nelly Rosario, who will read at
4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Seelye 201.
In 1995 at the age of 26, Edwidge Danticat
became a finalist for the National Book Award for her book "Krik?
Krak!" Drawing on her experiences as a Haitian-American, she writes
of one of the most under-represented cultures in American literature
using a style that is both poetic and passionate. Having also received
the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize and fiction awards from The Caribbean
Writer, Seventeen, and Essence magazines, she is now widely considered
to be one of the most talented young authors in the United States.
Loida Maritza Pérez was born in the
Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended Cornell
University and currently teaches creative writing in New Mexico. Her
book "Geographies of Home" explores how immigrants struggle
to adapt in a new country. Pérez began this novel as an undergraduate
at Cornell in an autobiographical writing course then taught by the prominent
scholar of Afro-American studies Henry Louis Gates. She is the winner
of several fellowships, including the 1994 Ragdale Foundation's U.S.-Africa
Writers Project and a 1992 New York Foundation for the Arts grant for
Myriam J. A. Chancy, who is the senior editor
of Meridians, is a writer and scholar born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
and raised subsequently in the Canadian cities of Quebec City and Winnipeg.
She obtained her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University
of Manitoba, her master's degree in English literature from Dalhousie
University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and her doctorate in English from
the University of Iowa. The author of two books of literary criticism
and numerous works of poetry, short fiction and memoir, she has won the
Oustanding Book Award from Choice and her work has appeared in numerous
international venues. A forthcoming novel, titled "Spirit of Haiti," will
be published by London's Mango Press.
Nelly Rosario was born in the Dominican
Republic and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a master's of fine arts
degree in fiction from Columbia University and has received numerous
awards, including two National Arts Club Writing Fellowships and the
1997 Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction. Rosario's work is published in
several anthologies and journals, and her novel "Song of the Water
Saints" (Pantheon Books, 2002) was the winner of the PEN Open Book
Award. In 2001, the Village Voice Literary Supplement named Rosario one
of seven "Writers on the Verge." Rosario is currently an adjunct
assistant professor at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn and
is working on her second novel.
Meridians is a feminist, interdisciplinary
journal whose goal is to provide a forum for the finest scholarship and
creative work by and about women of color in the United States and in
international contexts. The journal is a collaborative venture of Smith
College and Wesleyan University and is published twice a year by Indiana
University Press. Meridians is supported, in part, by a grant from the
For more information on the Caribbean Women
Writers Series or Meridians, call (413) 585-3388 or visit http://www.smith.edu/meridians.
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