Lisa Allen-Agostini on Tracy Assing’s “Unaccounted For”

Repeating Islands


In “Telling the story, again,” Lisa Allen-Agostini reviews Trinidadian Tracy Assing’s essay, “Unaccounted For,” from So Many Islands—a collection of essays edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoja. Here are excerpts (for full review, see the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday:

[. . .] Naming things, naming people, naming places, shapes history. How does Kairi become Trinidad? How do the descendants of the First Peoples of this space come to be categorised as Carib, bear Spanish-sounding names like Amoroso and Medina and Lopez, and belong to the Santa Rosa community? Writer and indigenous Trinidadian Tracy Assing draws on these issues in her essay “Unaccounted For,” which is the only piece of writing from TT to be included in the new international anthology So Many Islands.

Published in TT by Peekash Press and edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoja, the anthology collects writing about islands in…

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