In celebration of Black History Month, the Africana Studies program andPoetry-in-the-Round host renowned author, Jamaica Kincaid on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium in Jubilee Hall, Simone A. James Alexander reports on the institution’s website.
Born in St. John’s, Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid is widely praised for her works of fiction, essays and novels in which she explores the tenuous mother-daughter relationship as well as themes of migration, anti-colonialism, and Caribbean tourism.
Kincaid is the author or editor of 13 books, including five novels. Her most recent novel, See Now Then (2014) was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kincaid’s 1983 collection At the Bottom of the River that includes the most-discussed short story, “Girl,” won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Kincaid is the recipient of The Center for Fiction Award, the Prix Femina Etranger Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Her writings have appeared in several collections including Stories from Blue Latitude, Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad (2006); Snapshots, 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction (2001). She is an elected member to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004). Kincaid has also received honorary degrees from Amherst College, Tufts University, Colgate College, Middlebury College, Williams College, University of the West Indies, just to name a few. She currently teaches in the departments of English and African and African-American studies at Harvard University.
The lecture is free and open to the public. All are welcome.