MOKO Magazine: Issue 9


I just discovered that there is a new issue (Issue 9) of MOKO: Caribbean Arts and Letters available, with a great array of articles and spectacular cover art by Bashaar Tarabay. [Thanks for sharing, Loretta Collins Klobah.] Here is the editors’ introduction:

The months since our last issue have been a productive and award-winning period for Moko alumni. In March, the longlist for the OCM Bocas Prize was announced including Andre Bagoo’s BURN (Issues 2 and 8) and Jacqueline Bishop’s The Gymnast and Other Positions (Issues 2 and 4). Bishop later won the non-fiction category while the overall prize would eventually go to Olive Senior’s The Pain Tree. In terms of wider Caribbean literature, Tiphanie Yanique’s Wife (which won the poetry category of the OCM Bocas Prize) is currently shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for First Collections while Vahni Capildeo’s Measures of Expatriation is vying for the Forward Prize having been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize prior.

It has also been a time of passing on, as the literary community has had to bid goodbye to luminaries Michelle Cliff and Austin Clark.

In this issue, we showcase Haitian-American artist Adler Guerrier’s Installations for the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at The Orlando Museum of Art as well as two provocative installations by French-Jamaican artist Olivia McGilchrist. We are also pleased to feature a selection from Shara McCallum’s upcoming collection Madwoman and welcome back Celia Sorhaindo alongside poets Racquel Henry, JR Mahung, Geoffrey Dunn, and Kay Bell.

This issue’s fiction section boasts engrossing entries by Antiguan veteran Joanne C. Hillhouse, Kirk Budhooram, and the impressive debut of Motilal Boodoosingh. We are also happy to share a review of Nicholas Laughlin’s debut poetry collection by Yaniré S. Díaz Rodríguez as well as a sustained exploration of Caribbean visual language in digital art media by Natalie McGuire that engages with a number of artists who have been featured in Moko.

Lastly, we sat down with Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay to talk about her latest novel Gone to Drift (Papillote Press), Caribbean environmentalism, and the writing process.

We know we are a little late this month, but we do hope you enjoy reading Moko as much as we enjoy putting it together. – Richard and David.

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