S146. Crossings and Crosses: Caribbean Women Writers on Immigration, Deportation, and Identity

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Long before the Trump era, Caribbean writers have long been concerned with issues surrounding immigration. As subjects of colonial powers "crossing the sea" has long been our preoccupation whether it was to seek out opportunities for economic advancement, to pursue higher education or to fight in various wars for our colonial "Mother country." Our writing, like that of Junot Díaz or Ana Menendez, addresses immigration including assimilation, acculturation, nostalgia, identity, and deportation.


Jennifer Maritza McCauley is a PhD candidate at University of Missouri and holds editorial positions at The Missouri Review, Origins, and Fjords. She has received fellowships from CantoMundo, SAFTA, and the Knight Foundation, and she is the author of the poetry collection SCARON/SCAROFF.

Donna Aza Weir-Soley, PhD, associate professor of English at Florida International University is the author of First Rain and The Woman Who Knew, coeditor (with Opal Palmer Adisa) of anthology, Caribbean Erotic. aka Donna Aza; Aza Weir-Soley

Fabienne Josaphat is the author of Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow. She is from Haiti, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as screenplays.

Anjanette Delgado is a novelist and journalist who writes about identity, displacement, and heartbreak, often through immigrant characters from Caribbean countries. Author of The Heartbreak Pill and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho, she holds an MFA in creative writing from FIU.

Katia D. Ulysse has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Peregrine, Calabash, Smartish Pace, Mozayik, Butterfly's Way, Haiti Noir, and others. She has written Fabiola Can Count, a children's book, and Drifting: A Story Collection.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside