The February issue of sx salon is now available, featuring new poetry, interviews with Evelyn O’Callaghan and Caryl Phillips, reviews and a discussion on “Haiti: Living In-Between” with pieces from Colin Dayan, Martin Munro, Edwidge Danticat, and Roxane Gay.
Excerpt of the sx salon 8 Introduction: Our discussion in this issue is perhaps even more varied than usual, bringing together a collection of pieces that consider the in-betweenity of Haitian identity. Of course, the mention of Haiti since 12 January 2010 is often, if not always, associated with the devastation of the earthquake, and our first two pieces address the then/now split created by that tectonic shift. First, Martin Munro discusses the first post-earthquake Haitian novel and includes a short interview with its author, Marvin Victor. The interview is also available in the original French. In the second discussion piece, Colin Dayan writes evocatively of the impossibility of return as she navigates between the shadows of remembered geographies (her mother’s and her own) and the new landscape of Haiti in the summer of 2011. Our second two pieces in this issue’s discussion explore the complexity of Haitian identity beyond the earthquake. In our third piece, Edwidge Danticat, with her characteristic lyricism, considers the “fellow urban nomads, reciters, and ambient voyagers” she encounters in the liminal world of cab rides, perhaps the most paradigmatic in-between space. Our fourth discussion piece is a short story from Roxane Gay exploring how personal trauma can shift identity as completely as national events. The title of Gay’s story, “What after Looks Like,” could perhaps be the title of the entire discussion.
In our interview section of this issue we publish part 2 of an interview with Caryl Phillips, along with the first of a series of interviews with female scholars of Caribbean literature. The series, conducted by Sheryl Gifford, will consist of four interviews exploring the contributions of these scholars to work on Caribbean writers, particularly Caribbean women writers.
See full introduction and Table of Contents here: http://smallaxe.net/wordpress3/discussions/2012/02/25/sx-salon-issue-8-february-2012/