Univ. of Puerto Rico, San Juan

My visit to the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan/(October 27 – 29) included presentations from both The Marvellous Equations of the Dread and Notes From a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells.  I also had the honor of being a guest in Dr. Loretta Collins Klobah’s graduate class, “The Visual Imagination in Literature, Art and Video Art of the Caribbean and its Diaspora(s),” as well as teaching a creative writing workshop.  Many thanks to Dr. Loretta Collins Klobah and the University of Puerto Rico for their hospitality.

JLF, 2016

The Jaipur Literature Festival brought many great writers and performers to Boulder, CO this year.  I participated on panels with:  Andrew Lam, Scott Haas, Suketu Mehta, Tim Z. Hernandez and Maina Chawla Singh (Walls and Bridges: The Immigrant Story); Jovan Mays, Carolyn Finney and Arthur Flowers (Black Lives: A Dream Deferred?); Michael Patrick MacDonald, Amrit Kaur Lohia and Manuel Ramos (Race, Class and Gender); and Carolyn Finney, Arthur Flowers, Tim Z. Hernandez and Maeve Conran (African-American and Latino Voices.)  Thank you, JLF.

Rex Nettleford Arts Conference/Kingston, Jamaica

Just got back from EMCART!  I presented with two very interesting writer/artists–Alecia Mckenzie and Loretta Collins Klobah.  We spoke on “Children and Art: What We Learn From Our Mothers.”  Four of my art dolls were on exhibit– “Sister Story-Ma,”  “Alva,”  “Millie Donovan,” and “Willa,” alongside my daughter’s photography.   Alecia and Loretta exhibited work alongside their daughters’ art as well.  Plenty thanks to EMCART–“growing the arts: breaking boundaries.”

Jaipur Literature Festival

JLF came to Boulder, CO this fall– a feast of local and international writers.  Great to see world literature center stage in the Rockies, and to meet so many wonderful writers.  Laura Pritchett moderated as Namita Gokhale, Hannah Nordhaus and I shared thoughts on fiction, memory and the imagination.  It was meaningful too, to share spoken word connections with Vikram Chandra, Linda Hess, Christi Merrill and Claudia Cragg.  And later, I met four very powerful women who are in the business of “raising the spirits”– Linda Hogan, Debra Magpie Earling, Lisa Jones and Elizabeth Fenn.  Thank you, Jaipur!