“An Island Can Be a World”: St. John’s University Presents Tiphanie Yanique 


St. John’s University’s annual Caribbean Writers Series event features writer Tiphanie Yanique (of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 1:50-3:30pm (Common Hour). The talk will take place at Queens Campus, D’Angelo Center, Room 128. St. John’s University is located in Queens, New York.

Yanique will read from her recent poetry collection, Wife, and her novel, Land of Love and Drowning, in the D’Angelo Center (DAC) 128. The novel imaginatively weaves a multigenerational family story into the history of the Virgin Islands from Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US) in 1917 through contemporary times, exploring issues in gender, race, sexuality, US political and cultural imperialism, and tourism.


Currently a professor at The New School, Yanique’s works are widely acclaimed. Wife recently was awarded the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry and is being considered for the overall OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Land of Love and Drowning won the Center for Fiction’s 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Orion Award in Environmental Literature, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the OCM Bocas Prize. Yanique’s first work, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (2010), was the inaugural winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Fiction and won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Yanique will read from her latest works and participate in a question and answer session. Her books will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

For event details, see http://www.stjohns.edu/about/events/caribbean-writers-series-island-can-be-world.

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