UWI and St. George’s University Co-host the 23rd Annual Conference on West Indian Literature

St. George’s University will join The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in hosting the 23rd Annual Conference on West Indian Literature from Tuesday, March 9th through Thursday, March 11th, 2004. The conference will convene in the Great Hall of the Caribbean House, offering the perfect venue on the True Blue point jutting into the Caribbean Sea. With over forty papers being presented, the Conference participants represent universities located as far off as Italy and as close as Trinidad.

An evening of poetry reading will set the tone for the Conference. Dr. Merle Collins, Grenadian poet and novelist, has been invited to be the featured writer. Other Grenadian writers and regional writers have been invited to read their works. The evening’s events will be chaired by the Grenadian sociologist and painter, Mr. Oliver Benoit.

Currently on exhibition at Marryshow House, Mr. Benoit’s works will be on display in Caribbean House during the conference, and his art will be featured during the evening of poetry reading. Providing a showcase for Grenadian visual arts, his presence at the Conference will provide an exciting creative engagement between the Caribbean artist and Caribbean writers.

Held each spring, this conference is supported by the Departments of English of regional universities. The universities making up this consortium include the founding member, the University of the West Indies (UWI), the University of Puerto Rico, University of Miami, University of Guyana, St. George’s University, the College of the Bahamas and other regional community colleges.

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to this year’s conference which represents a collaborative effort between the Department of Literatures in English, Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and St. George’s University.

Published on 02/27/2004