IGDS Public Lecture and Book Launch — A Reading from Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles with author and activist Thomas Glave, Professor of Creative Writing, English, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at SUNY BinghamtonReadings for the Book Launch by Colin Robinson and Lawrence ScottThursday 15th April 2010, 5.30 p.m.Daaga Hall Auditorium, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the AntillesPublished by Duke University Press, 2008The first book of its kind, Our Caribbean is an anthology of lesbian and gaywriting from across the Antilles. The author and activist Thomas Glave hasgathered outstanding fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry by little-knownwriters together with selections by internationally celebrated figures such asJosé Alcántara Almánzar, Reinaldo Arenas, Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Audre Lorde, Achy Obejas, and Assotto Saint. The result is an unprecedented literary conversation on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experiences throughout the Caribbean and its far-flung diaspora. Many selections were originally published in Spanish, Dutch, or creole languages; some are translated into English here for the first time.The thirty-seven authors hail from the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Suriname, and Trinidad. Many have lived outside the Caribbean, and their writing depicts histories of voluntary migration as well as exile from repressive governments, communities, and families. Many pieces have a political urgency that reflects their authors' work as activists, teachers, community organizers, and performers. Desire commingles with ostracism and alienation throughout: in the evocative portrayals of same-sex love and longing, and in the selections addressing religion, family, race, and class. From the poem "Saturday Night in San Juan with the Right Sailors" to the poignant narrative "We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?" to an eloquent call for the embrace of difference that appeared in the Nassau Daily Tribune on the eve of an anti-gay protest, Our Caribbean is a brave and necessary book.Contributors: José Alcántara Almánzar, Aldo Alvarez, Reinaldo Arenas, RaneArroyo, Jesús J. Barquet, Marilyn Bobes, Dionne Brand, Timothy S. Chin,Michelle Cliff, Wesley E. A. Crichlow, Mabel Rodríguez Cuesta, Ochy Curiel,Faizal Deen, Pedro de Jesús, R. Erica Doyle, Thomas Glave, Rosamond S.King, Helen Klonaris, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Audre Lorde, ShaniMootoo, Anton Nimblett, Achy Obejas, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, VirgilioPiñera, Patricia Powell, Kevin Everod Quashie, Juanita Ramos, Colin Robinson, Assotto Saint, Andrew Salkey, Lawrence Scott, Makeda Silvera, H. Nigel Thomas, Rinaldo Walcott, Gloria Wekker, Lawson Williams."Our Caribbean is a superb anthology. Thomas Glave does not exaggeratewhen he writes that this is 'a book that I and others have been waiting forand have wanted for all our lives.' Here we have a book that makes literal theongoing necessity to write 'against silence.'"— Elizabeth Alexander, author of American Blue: Selected Poems"Traversing boundaries of geography, history, language, and desire,Thomas Glave has assembled a poignant testament of how we dare to lovedifferently and yearn for justice in the same breath...Necessary and timely."— M. Jacqui Alexander, author of Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations onFeminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the SacredThomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? And Other Stories; the essaycollection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent, a Lambda LiteraryAward winner; and the forthcoming short fiction collection, The Torturer'sWife. Born to Jamaican parents in the Bronx and raised there and in Jamaica,Glave is a founding member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexualsand Gays (J-FLAG). He teaches in the English Department at the StateUniversity of New York, Binghamton, and is the 2008--2009 Martin LutherKing, Jr. Visiting Professor in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studiesat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.