CFP: Caribbean/US or Caribbean/Canadian Poetry (3/20/03; collection)

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loretta collins
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Loretta Collins
Associate Professor
English Department
Humanities Faculty
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras


Seeking essays for a collection on the connections between Caribbean/US or
Caribbean/Canadian poetry, performance poetry, music, and sound.

Abstracts by March 20th, to:
Dr. Loretta Collins, Associate Profesor, English Department, Humanities
Faculty, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

The essay collection "Bridges of Sound: the Translocality of Caribbean
Performance Poetry and Music" will examine some of the more
innovative works arising from 1) the artists movements back and forth from
the Caribbean region to locations in North America (the US and Canada);
2)the engagement of Caribbean poets and musicians with expressive forms
found in the Americas (such as Kamau Brathwaite's interest in African
American and Caribbean "Shango train songs"); 3) creative collaborations
between Caribbean performance poets/ musicians and artists of various North
American communities (such as the recordings of reggae and dub poetry by
Jamaican and First Nations/ Native American artists); and 4)the
Caribbeanization of North American cities spaces, musical cultures,poetic
productions, and sound structures (in such works as Wyclef Jean's rap/
musical CD Carnival, Nuyorican poet Willie Perdomo's poetry, or dub poet,
and film maker ahdri zhina mandielas "dub theatre" piece dark diaspora in
dub). The collection will be issued with a CD, so we have the opportunity of
enhancing our articles with audio footnotes.

The University of Wisconsin Press series editors Adalaide Morris, Lynn
Keller, and Alan Golding have expressed great interest in the proposal.
The Press will provide a conditional contract upon receiving the abstracts
from potential contributors. I welcome you to respond to my request for
your participation by sending me an e-mail or letter briefly delineating the
subject you would like to research and write about. Contributors are needed
for some of the suggested topics listed above. Other topics are welcomed. I
will need to receive the abstract by March 20th, 2003. The deadline for the
articles will be July 1st, 2003. It is my hope that the articles will
include, whenever possible, interviews with the artists, critical responses
to live performances or recordings, and audio samples of poetry readings or
musical events. We especially need an essay on Caribbean Canadian poetry/
dub theatre.

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