Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters

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Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press

Down in College Station, Texas, the Callaloo offices are gearing up for another whirlwind of activity. Foran upcoming issue on the arts and history of the Afro-Mestizos of Veracruz, Dr. Charles Rowell has an international launch planned: The governor of Veracruz state will be there, the president of its university, possibly even officials from the American embassy in Mexico City.

"This will be a major event. It's a moment where for the first time in history the United States is doing intellectual and cultural exchange with that particular state of Mexico," Rowell says as he reels off details on the special issue: six poets, six or seven fiction writers, two painters, three photographers.

Not bad for a journal with a circulation of around 1,500.

Indeed, Callaloo may have started off as a venue for Southern writers shut off from northern and northeastern publishing channels, but it is clear that it has become much more. Through travel throughout the Diaspora, Rowell has forged links with, and published the best work of, writing communities throughout Europe and the Caribbean and south to Brazil. …

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