An outgrowth of the popular “live” Critical Caribbean Feminisms events, which since 2015 have been bringing together established and emerging writers from the Caribbean and its diasporas, WRITING HOME is an ode to the Americas very literally writ large. Each episode features an exceptional contemporary cultural actor in conversation with hosts Kaiama L. Glover and Tami Navarro and aims to trace the geographies of resistance that ground our feminist practices of diaspora. The beauty, humor, and hope that animate these encounters are a welcome antidote to the heartbreak of the present moment.
Kaiama L. Glover is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon, among other publications, and prize-winning translator of three works of Haitian prose fiction. Her most recent monograph, A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being, is forthcoming with Duke University Press. Kaiama is currently at work on an intellectual biography titled, “For the Love of Revolution: René Depestre and the Poetics of a Radical Life,” and a collection of essays with the working title “Black Diva Saves the World.” Kaiama has been awarded grants from the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation. She has written regularly for the New York Times Book Review and was a host on PBS show History Detectives: Special Investigations. She tweets @inthewhirld.
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Tami Navarro is the Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) and Editor of the journal Scholar and Feminist Online. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the American Anthropological Association, and the Ford Foundation. Tami has published work in Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Feminist Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology, Small Axe Salon, The Caribbean Writer, Social Text, and The Global South. She serves on the Board of the St. Croix Foundation and is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Virgin Capital: Neoliberal Development in the US Virgin Islands, to be published by the State University of New York Press.
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Rachel James is an LA-bred, NYC-based screenwriter, director, and content creative. She is the Associate Director of IMATS and the Media Center at Barnard College. Rachel received her MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts. Rachel was featured on the 2019 Young & Hungry list. Her feature film screenplay THE SWELLS was on the 2019 Black List and the Hit List, and is in development with Assemble Media. Rachel also produces the ‘Positively Gotham Gal’ Podcast.
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Miriam Neptune is the Barnard College Director of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Scholarship. Miriam’s upbringing as the child of Haitians who were exiled by the Duvalier dictatorship informs her work as a documentary filmmaker. Her video collage piece and essay “In Search of A Name” (Danticat, 2001) explores the perils of navigating diaspora Haitian identity in the US. Miriam worked for several years as the communications coordinator for Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, creating videos focused on race, migration, and xenophobia in the Americas. Her piece “Birthright Crisis” chronicling anti-Haitian policy and violence in the Dominican Republic, won a Paul Robeson Award for Social Change Media. As an academic librarian, Miriam curates pop-up installations like Undesign the Redline and the Black Unicorn Project, creating spaces within libraries to address histories of anti-blackness and exclusion through collective narrative making. Through the Digital Humanities Center and in partnership with the activist organizations We Are All Dominican and Reconoci.do, she is leading the collective translation of Nos Cambia La Vida, an anthology of autobiographical narratives by Dominicans of Haitian Descent which will be released as a bilingual (Spanish/English) open educational resource in 2021.