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Small Axe The Small Axe Project is a multi-platform intellectual and artistic publishing project concerned with rethinking the Caribbean. small axe: a caribbean platform for criticism

The Small Axe Project consists of this: to participate both in the renewal of practices of intellectual criticism in the Caribbean and in the expansion/revision of the scope and horizons of such criticism.
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We acknowledge of course a tradition of social, political, and cultural criticism in and about the regional/diasporic Caribbean. We want to honor that tradition but also to argue with it, because in our view it is in and through such argument that a tradition renews itself, that it carries on its quarrel with the generations of itself: retaining/revising the boundaries of its identity, sustaining/

We acknowledge of course a tradition of social, political, and cultural criticism in and about the regional/diasporic Caribbean. We want to honor that tradition but also to argue with it, because in our view it is in and through such argument that a tradition renews itself, that it carries on its quarrel with the generations of itself: retaining/revising the boundaries of its identity, sustaining/

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Vanessa Pérez-Rosario interviewed by Poesía en acción | Small Axe Project
06/04/2021
Vanessa Pérez-Rosario interviewed by Poesía en acción | Small Axe Project

Vanessa Pérez-Rosario interviewed by Poesía en acción | Small Axe Project

Vanessa Pérez-Rosario interviewed by Poesía en acción 4 June 2021 In anticipation of her translation of Boat People by Mayra Santos-Febres, Small Axe managing editor Vanessa Pérez-Rosario was interviewed by Poesía en acción for their micro-interview series. Poesía en acción also featured exc...

Congratulations to Adriana María Garriga-López for receiving an honorable mention for the 2021 Blanca G. Silvestrini Awa...
05/28/2021
sx62's "Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico" receives honorable mention | Small Axe Project

Congratulations to Adriana María Garriga-López for receiving an honorable mention for the 2021 Blanca G. Silvestrini Award. Her awarded article, "Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico," appeared in sx62.
Read more at http://smallaxe.net/content/1026

sx62's "Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico" receives honorable mention 28 May 2021 Adriana María Garriga-López's article, "Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico" has received honorable mention for the 2021 Blanca G. Silvestrini Award for Outstanding Article in Puerto Rican Studies. ...

LACS' Other Feminisms: Hemispheric Interventions series present: “Echarpalantismo: Neoliberal Subjectivities in the Colo...
04/29/2021
Echarpalantismo: Neoliberal Subjectivities in the Colony of Puerto Rico | Small Axe Project

LACS' Other Feminisms: Hemispheric Interventions series present: “Echarpalantismo: Neoliberal Subjectivities in the Colony of Puerto Rico” by Rocío Zambrana, Emory University. The event will be followed by a conversation with Megan Craig (Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook).

Register and read more on our blog: http://smallaxe.net/content/1018#.YIrK1nwheP4.twitter

Echarpalantismo: Neoliberal Subjectivities in the Colony of Puerto Rico 29 April 2021 Date: Friday, April 30th Time: 3:00 pm EST Register via Zoom LACS' Other Feminisms: Hemispheric Interventions series present: “Echarpalantismo: Neoliberal Subjectivities in the Colony of Puerto Rico” by Rocío ...

sx editorial committee member Dixa Ramírez D'Oleo will present at "Earth, World, Ethics: Conversations in Black and Cari...
04/29/2021

sx editorial committee member Dixa Ramírez D'Oleo will present at "Earth, World, Ethics: Conversations in Black and Caribbean Studies" tomorrow at 1pm EST.

Zoom Conference: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/92843208608

Read more about the online serial symposium on our blog: http://smallaxe.net/content/1017

sx editorial committee member Dixa Ramírez D'Oleo will present at "Earth, World, Ethics: Conversations in Black and Caribbean Studies" tomorrow at 1pm EST.

Zoom Conference: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/92843208608

Read more about the online serial symposium on our blog: http://smallaxe.net/content/1017

"Boat People" a short film by Jose Arturo Ballester Panelli was screened at our event last night. Several folks asked fo...
04/24/2021
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"Boat People" a short film by Jose Arturo Ballester Panelli was screened at our event last night. Several folks asked for a link to the film and here it is.
https://youtu.be/abzS4ftVBr4

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Rosamond S. King to celebrate new collection with book launch party | Small Axe Project
04/03/2021
Rosamond S. King to celebrate new collection with book launch party | Small Axe Project

Rosamond S. King to celebrate new collection with book launch party | Small Axe Project

Rosamond S. King to celebrate new collection with book launch party 3 April 2021 Date: Friday, April 9th Time: 6:30 pm EST Poet and sx salon creative editor Rosamond S. King will celebrate the launch of her new book, All the Rage, at a special edition of Gibney’s Living Gallery. RSVP here. All the...

Off the Page: Julia Alvarez & Vanessa Pérez-Rosario in conversation | Small Axe Project
04/02/2021
Off the Page: Julia Alvarez & Vanessa Pérez-Rosario in conversation | Small Axe Project

Off the Page: Julia Alvarez & Vanessa Pérez-Rosario in conversation | Small Axe Project

Off the Page: Julia Alvarez & Vanessa Pérez-Rosario in conversation 2 April 2021 Date: Tuesday, April 20th Time: 7pm EST From the Kupferberg Center for the Arts website: OFF THE PAGE: Conversations with Writers is a Queens College series produced by Kupferberg Center for the Arts, the Department of...

BOAT PEOPLE book launch Date: Thursday, April 22Time: 7:00pm - 8:15pmRegistration Required: tinyurl.com/boatpeople-22apr...
03/31/2021

BOAT PEOPLE book launch
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Registration Required: tinyurl.com/boatpeople-22april

Please join us for a reading and conversation to celebrate the launch of a bilingual edition of Boat People by Mayra Santos-Febres. Translated by Vanessa Pérez-Rosario (Cardboard House Press, April 2021). Event moderated by Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez. The collection consists of twenty poems that explore undocumented migration in the Caribbean.

BOAT PEOPLE book launch
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Registration Required: tinyurl.com/boatpeople-22april

Please join us for a reading and conversation to celebrate the launch of a bilingual edition of Boat People by Mayra Santos-Febres. Translated by Vanessa Pérez-Rosario (Cardboard House Press, April 2021). Event moderated by Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez. The collection consists of twenty poems that explore undocumented migration in the Caribbean.

CuCa3: Cuir Caribbean Voices/Voces Q***r del Caribe | Small Axe Project
03/28/2021
CuCa3: Cuir Caribbean Voices/Voces Q***r del Caribe | Small Axe Project

CuCa3: Cuir Caribbean Voices/Voces Q***r del Caribe | Small Axe Project

CuCa3: Cuir Caribbean Voices/Voces Q***r del Caribe 28 March 2021 Date: Wednesday March 31 Time: 6:30 pm (EST) From LACS Stony Brook: CuCa Cuir is back! Join us for the third installment of this LACS' graduate student-initiated series. This session focuses on independent q***r presses. CuCa3: Cuir C...

Ian Randle Press publishes Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality | Small Axe Project
03/11/2021
Ian Randle Press publishes Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality | Small Axe Project

Ian Randle Press publishes Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality | Small Axe Project

Ian Randle Press publishes Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality 10 March 2021 From Ian Randle Press: A first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality brings together contributions from a variety of Caribbean-bas...

Zora's Daughters co-hosts to facilitate "Honoring the Ancestors: Black Feminist Citational Praxis, an interactive worksh...
03/10/2021
Zora's Daughters co-hosts to facilitate "Honoring the Ancestors: Black Feminist Citational Praxis, an interactive workshop" | Small Axe Project

Zora's Daughters co-hosts to facilitate "Honoring the Ancestors: Black Feminist Citational Praxis, an interactive workshop" | Small Axe Project

Zora's Daughters co-hosts to facilitate "Honoring the Ancestors: Black Feminist Citational Praxis, an interactive workshop" 10 March 2021 Date: Saturday, March 13th Time: 3-4pm EST sx editorial assistant Alyssa James will co-facilitate "Honoring the Ancestors: Black Feminist Citational Praxis, an in...

"Wayward Archives and Decolonial Interventions: Examining Intimate Histories with the Virgin Islands Studies Collective....
03/08/2021
"Wayward Archives and Decolonial Interventions: Examining Intimate Histories with the Virgin Islands Studies Collective." | Small Axe Project

"Wayward Archives and Decolonial Interventions: Examining Intimate Histories with the Virgin Islands Studies Collective." | Small Axe Project

"Wayward Archives and Decolonial Interventions: Examining Intimate Histories with the Virgin Islands Studies Collective." 7 March 2021 An anthropologist, an artist, a writer, and a philosopher collaboratively engaged the prison records of four Afro Caribbean women who led a 19th century labor riot i...

sx managing editor Vanessa Perez-Rosario's translation of Boat People by Mayra Santos-Febres is now available for pre-or...
03/04/2021

sx managing editor Vanessa Perez-Rosario's translation of Boat People by Mayra Santos-Febres is now available for pre-order.

Mayra Santos-Febres is one of our most powerful writers and Boat People has long been a part of the poetic counter-tradition that shaped generations of Puerto Rican poets. Thanks to Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, English-language readers are now plunged into the depths of a text that, to echo Patrick Chamoiseau, is composed of "that strange conference of poets and great beings," lost at sea, tossed on shores, or caught in a world without return address or safe passage. Written like a border drawn on water, this oceanic book is both a source of life and a record of death. It remains as devastatingly urgent as the day it was written.—Raquel Salas Rivera, author of lo terciario and while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

Read more about this "heartbreaking journey from sea to horizon" and purchase here: https://cardboardhousepress.org/Boat-People-by-Mayra-Santos-Febres

Claudia Rankine in conversation with Maaza MengisteWhen: Wednesday, March 17 at 7pm Where: Online Details: FREE, those w...
02/22/2021
Off the Page: Claudia Rankine and Maaza Mengiste in Conversation - Kupferberg Center for the Arts | Queens College

Claudia Rankine in conversation with Maaza Mengiste
When: Wednesday, March 17 at 7pm
Where: Online
Details: FREE, those who wish to attend must register
Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine will discuss her latest book, Just Us: An American Conversation with novelist Maaza Mengiste for Queen College's OFF THE Page: Conversations with Writers series. More info at: http://kupferbergcenter.org/event/off-the-page-claudia-rankine-in-conversation/

A conversation and discussion with award-winning poet, playwright, and essayist Claudia Rankine, who will read from her most recent work and take questions from our online audience.

Protests and Pedagogy, a critical collective of Black and Caribbean scholars, presents "Black Protest, Black Lives, and ...
02/16/2021

Protests and Pedagogy, a critical collective of Black and Caribbean scholars, presents "Black Protest, Black Lives, and the University" on Monday February 22, 10:30am-noon.

Recent protests across the Black diaspora as well as critical challenges to the university as a colonial structure have been underpinned by a philosophical grounding in the discourse and demands of reparations. This conversation will take up questions of reparatory justice in relation to Black protest and the university. Our contributors will draw on their respective leadership in the Reparations Movement spearheaded by the University of the West Indies and the #FeesMustFall, #RhodesMustFall, and #DecolonisingTheCurriculum movements emerging from South Africa. We will explore the challenges, provocations as well as the transformative possibilities of these movements to right historical injustices on both sides of the Atlantic.

Register on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3tKqzMQ

Protests and Pedagogy, a critical collective of Black and Caribbean scholars, presents "Black Protest, Black Lives, and the University" on Monday February 22, 10:30am-noon.

Recent protests across the Black diaspora as well as critical challenges to the university as a colonial structure have been underpinned by a philosophical grounding in the discourse and demands of reparations. This conversation will take up questions of reparatory justice in relation to Black protest and the university. Our contributors will draw on their respective leadership in the Reparations Movement spearheaded by the University of the West Indies and the #FeesMustFall, #RhodesMustFall, and #DecolonisingTheCurriculum movements emerging from South Africa. We will explore the challenges, provocations as well as the transformative possibilities of these movements to right historical injustices on both sides of the Atlantic.

Register on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3tKqzMQ

The recording of The Caribbean Digital VII is now live! The event launched three projects by Kaiama L. Glover, Alex Gil ...
02/16/2021
The Caribbean Digital VII

The recording of The Caribbean Digital VII is now live! The event launched three projects by Kaiama L. Glover, Alex Gil and Kelly Baker Jospehs: a Directory of Caribbean Digital Scholarship, a Collective Annotation of Aimé Césaire’s Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, and a Keyword Collection for Caribbean Studies.

Watch here: https://vimeo.com/491724881

This year, the annual Caribbean Digital event will be held virtually, with three asynchronous digital community projects and a synchronous gathering. The three projects…

Don't miss Kaiama L. Glover's event for her new book, A Regarded Self, on Feb 26th. Speakers will be Saidiya Hartman, Ré...
02/16/2021
Events | Celebrating Recent Work by Kaiama L. Glover | The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University

Don't miss Kaiama L. Glover's event for her new book, A Regarded Self, on Feb 26th. Speakers will be Saidiya Hartman, Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Madeleine Dobie and Yvette Christiansë. For more info and to register visit: https://tinyurl.com/kdk5sthu

Event Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 1:00pm | Event Description: New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Kaiama L. Glover

Digital humanities project Rendering Revolution launches its first event on Friday with "Rendering LGBTQI+ Communities V...
02/15/2021

Digital humanities project Rendering Revolution launches its first event on Friday with "Rendering LGBTQI+ Communities Visible in Haitian Kreyòl." Dr. Mario Lamothe and Dr. Nathan Dize will be leading the discussion. Read more at: https://facebook.com/renderingrevolution.ht/

Digital humanities project Rendering Revolution launches its first event on Friday with "Rendering LGBTQI+ Communities Visible in Haitian Kreyòl." Dr. Mario Lamothe and Dr. Nathan Dize will be leading the discussion. Read more at: https://facebook.com/renderingrevolution.ht/

Join SX Salon creative editor and poet Rosamond S. King at this upcoming BIPOC Writing Party on Monday, February 15th
02/13/2021

Join SX Salon creative editor and poet Rosamond S. King at this upcoming BIPOC Writing Party on Monday, February 15th

Join SX Salon creative editor and poet Rosamond S. King at this upcoming BIPOC Writing Party on Monday, February 15th

sx editorial committee member Vanessa K. Valdés will present "Translating Haiti" at Vanderbilt's 5th Annual Haiti Week. ...
01/23/2021

sx editorial committee member Vanessa K. Valdés will present "Translating Haiti" at Vanderbilt's 5th Annual Haiti Week.

Click here for more information about the event and its other programs: https://as.vanderbilt.edu/clas/5th-annual-haiti-week-goes-virtual/

sx editorial committee member Vanessa K. Valdés will present "Translating Haiti" at Vanderbilt's 5th Annual Haiti Week.

Click here for more information about the event and its other programs: https://as.vanderbilt.edu/clas/5th-annual-haiti-week-goes-virtual/

Read Harvey Neptune's latest essay "American Violence and the Haunting Diagnosis of Richard Hofstadter," exclusive to ou...
01/23/2021
"American Violence and the Haunting Diagnosis of Richard Hofstadter," an essay by Harvey Neptune | Small Axe Project

Read Harvey Neptune's latest essay "American Violence and the Haunting Diagnosis of Richard Hofstadter," exclusive to our blog, sx live.

"American Violence and the Haunting Diagnosis of Richard Hofstadter," an essay by Harvey Neptune 11 January 2021 Historian Richard Hofstadter haunts US history. And for good reason. An academic and public intellectual who passed away over half a century ago, Hofstadter authored works, in a relativel...

In her latest book, A Regarded Self: Caribbean Women and the Ethics of Disorderly Being, Kaiama L. Glover champions unru...
01/11/2021

In her latest book, A Regarded Self: Caribbean Women and the Ethics of Disorderly Being, Kaiama L. Glover champions unruly female protagonists who refuse the constraints of coercive communities. Out now.

For more information, visit: http://smallaxe.net/content/981

In her latest book, A Regarded Self: Caribbean Women and the Ethics of Disorderly Being, Kaiama L. Glover champions unruly female protagonists who refuse the constraints of coercive communities. Out now.

For more information, visit: http://smallaxe.net/content/981

Small Axe 63 is now available and showcases essays by Corine Labridy-Stofle, Lucy Swanson, Carlos Garrido Castellano and...
01/11/2021

Small Axe 63 is now available and showcases essays by Corine Labridy-Stofle, Lucy Swanson, Carlos Garrido Castellano and Magdalena Lopez. Following Small Axe's 2019 symposium of the same name, this issue's special section, "The Jamaican 1950s," is guest-edited by Deborah A. Thomas and features essays by Tracy Robinson, Matthew Chin, Tao Leigh Goffe, Keisha Lindsay, O'Neil Lawrence, Ronald Cummings and Donette Francis. Martinican photographer and cover artist Robert Charlotte presents his series "Sous influence" for our visual essay. sx63 then closes with a book discussion of Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness, edited by David Austin.

Explore the new issue here: http://smallaxe.net/sx/issues/63

Small Axe 63 is now available and showcases essays by Corine Labridy-Stofle, Lucy Swanson, Carlos Garrido Castellano and Magdalena Lopez. Following Small Axe's 2019 symposium of the same name, this issue's special section, "The Jamaican 1950s," is guest-edited by Deborah A. Thomas and features essays by Tracy Robinson, Matthew Chin, Tao Leigh Goffe, Keisha Lindsay, O'Neil Lawrence, Ronald Cummings and Donette Francis. Martinican photographer and cover artist Robert Charlotte presents his series "Sous influence" for our visual essay. sx63 then closes with a book discussion of Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness, edited by David Austin.

Explore the new issue here: http://smallaxe.net/sx/issues/63

Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo discusses the Kardashians and their exploitation of Black women for UPenn roundtable | Small Axe Pro...
12/04/2020
Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo discusses the Kardashians and their exploitation of Black women for UPenn roundtable | Small Axe Project

Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo discusses the Kardashians and their exploitation of Black women for UPenn roundtable | Small Axe Project

Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo discusses the Kardashians and their exploitation of Black women for UPenn roundtable 4 December 2020 Small Axe editorial committee member Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo recently featured on the panel, Annenberg Conversations on Race: "Situating the Kardashians: Skin, Theft, Ops." Watc...

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12/03/2020

Today at 4:30pm! Don’t miss it.
See details below.

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Join us on Thursday, December 3 @ 4:30pm for

CuCa 2: Cuir Caribbean Voices/Voces Cuir del Caribe

A conversation with contemporary q***r Caribbean writers

Ren Ellis Neyra
iki yos piña narváez funes
Raquel Salas Rivera

Moderated by Mario Henao
via Zoom
Meeting ID: 969 5401 9903
Passcode: 996625

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Digital Collection Launch of the Jamaica Gaily News Friday Nov 20th 1-3pm EST To register for the event: https://forms.gle/BU6aLvYBFkik3UJE9 The Jamaica Gaily News (JGN) was the publication of the first gay activist organization in the anglophone Caribbean, the Gay Freedom Movement (GFM) in Jamaica. Join us as we celebrate the launch of the JGN archive at the Digital Library of the Caribbean. We will hear from the following panelists as they share their reflections on this moment in Jamaica’s history. PANELISTS Vidyaratha Kisson – Coordinator, Caribbean International Resource Network Larry Chang – Co-Founder of GFM and JGN Editor Donna Smith – GFM member and JGN columnist Glen McDaniel – GFM member and JGN columnist Jennifer Ffrench-Parker – Jamaican journalist MODERATOR Matthew Chin, Assistant Professor Women, Gender & Sexuality, University of Virginia To view the collection: https://dloc.com/icirngfm For more information, please contact Matthew Chin at [email protected] Sponsors: Department of Women Gender & Sexuality and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
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The current issue of Small Axe focuses on aspects of memory in the Caribbean that are at the center of my new book project.