April 20, 2012
Renowned authors Diana McCaulay and Yolaine M. St. Fort
spoke to a captive audience at the University’s Queens Campus
Joseph M. Mattone Family Law School Atrium on April 29. The event
titled “Readings and Conversation with Caribbean Writers” is
presented by The President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee; The
Office of the Provost; the Committee for Latin American and
Caribbean Studies (CLACS); University Libraries; Academic Affairs
Committee (SGI); Haraya, the Pan-African Students Coalition; and
the Caribbean Students Association.
The two guest writers were introduced
simultaneously by Liane Robinson, President, Haraya: Pan-African Students Coaliation; Student Member,
President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC). McCaulay
read an excerpt from her award winning debut novel,
Dog-Heart told in two voices, educated Jamaican English
and the nation-language of the people. It is a story of a
well-meaning, middle-class woman and a young boy from the ghetto
whom she desperately wants to help. McCaulay gave an in depth
insight into the stark divide between social and economic classes
of Jamaica and the fact that opportunities, choices, and
consequences are relative to all, no matter where you live.
St. Fort read her poems Wings,
Wind, Salt, Baloons,
Alzheimers, and Teeth from Vwa Poems for
Haiti and For theCrowns of Your Heads. St.
Fort stated that she
likes “to use poetry as a means for change.” Her poems were focused
on the subjects of life, death, homeland, and love.
Both authors visited St. John’s to discuss
their works, as well as the challenges and expectations of
fashioning a Caribbean identity in literature and film.
After the readings were completed the
receptive audience participated in a question and answer forum with
the two writers, who were more than happy to engage the crowd. The
two writers conveyed their message of hope and that individuals
striving to become writers should continually increase their
awareness of their surroundings.
For media inquiries, please contact Dominic
Scianna, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations, by calling
(718) 990-6185, or by e-mail to email@example.com. This event is
in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Theatre.