10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know

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Considering-Woman[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] In “10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know and Add to Your American Lit Syllabus,” Gerty Dambury (Literary Hub)—theater director, novelist, and poet from Guadeloupe—explains that, when she was studying English and American literature, she was struck by the fact that not a single black woman was included on any of the syllabi. In this brief article, she offers recommendations on Caribbean women authors who deserve more attention. Here are excerpts of her descriptions:

Una Marson, Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press): The author of the 1974 anthology West Indian Poetry described Una Marson as “the earliest female poet of significance to emerge in West Indian literature.” She was an advocate for Jamaican literature and the first black woman to be employed by the BBC—she established their “Carribbean Voices” program. Uma Marson’s poetry was clearly political, addressing themes of disarmament…

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