Academic journal article Journal of Caribbean Literatures

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Caribbean Literatures

Letter from the Editor

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This short story issue of the Journal of Caribbean Literatures (JCLs) has been long in the making. Dr. Velma Pollard, the current guest editor, took on the project which we had not been able to complete previously for many reasons. I am indebted to the first person who worked on the issue, Dr. Hyacinth M. Simpson, of Ryerson University. It is unfortunate that contract issues, lack of staff, funding reallocation, and many other problems could not be averted that prevented that issue from coming to fruition. Rather than try to revive it, however, some three years later, due to the problems of the dated material and the inability to contact many of the contributors, I asked Dr. Pollard to begin anew to put this important issue together, and to my surprise she agreed. The current issue, therefore, is one she began little over a year ago and has now, in record time, brought to completion. I am very grateful to her for such diligence and professionalism.

My connection and interest in the short stories of the Caribbean began In 1980. I was teaching at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and the chair of the department decided that she wanted to introduce Caribbean Literature in the department the following semester. She asked me to take on this project, and provided funding for me to go to Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados to study. My study brought me to the University of the West Indies, Mona, and the Institute of Jamaica, where I discovered a treasure trove of material on Caribbean Literature. What was most intriguing were the number of magazines I found which had historically dedicated its pages to the literature, mostly the short story. The Beacon (1931) and Trinidad (1929) from Trinidad; Kyk-Over-All (1945) from Guyana; Bin (1942) in Barbados; and Focus (1943) in Jamaica were crucial to the works of Caribbean writers getting before the public. …

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