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Wine & Words; Saltwater Healing & Resistance in Times of Crisis Angelique V. Nixon

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Africana Studies, Hoyt Fuller Room 310 Triphammer Road

My stories seep into oceans of stories, hard to pass on

-        Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir & Poems: We took flight to escape the dread and fear of 21st century earth. We came together across differences – souls tired from the struggle to be human and free.

Black and Brown bodies, plot final resistance.

-        Cosmic Evolution: “Saltwater Healing and Resistance in Times of Crisis” is a mixed media presentation of poetry, video, and visual art that engages people in the power of storytelling and future visioning for healing and resistance, in times of crisis especially. Selections from two mixed media art pieces will be shared through a multimedia and performance poetry style. Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir & Poems uses the Bahamian land/seascape alongside handwritten poetry to understand difficult childhood stories and the healing powers of the natural world. Cosmic Evolution, is a provocation and speculative fiction experience about how we vision our futures for Caribbean and African diaspora people – Black, Brown, Migrant, Same-Sex Loving, Queer, and Women especially. These two works offer connectivity in the face of displacement, healing power of nature in the wake of climate change, and hopeful resistance in spite of despair.

Angelique V. Nixon is a Bahamas-born, Trinidad-based writer, artist, scholar, and activist. She is also a Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a Ph.D. in English with specialisation in Caribbean literature, postcolonial studies, women and gender studies from the University of Florida (2008); and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Africana Studies at New York University (2009) and a Fulbright Scholar Teaching & Research Grant in Trinidad (2014). Her research, cultural criticism, and poetry have been published widely; and her artwork has been featured at several exhibitions. She is author of the sold-out hand-bound edition art & poetry chapbook Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir & Poems (Poinciana Paper Press, 2013). Her scholarly book Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2015) investigates the sexual-cultural politics of tourism on Caribbean culture and identity. This book won the Caribbean Studies Association 2016 Barbara T. Christian Award for Best Book in the Humanities. Angelique is co-editor of two multimedia online collections: Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire, and Belonging (2012) and Love | Hope | Community: Caribbean Sexualities and Social Justice (2017). She has been active in many community-based projects and organizations and currently serves on the working board of CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as co-chair of the Caribbean IRN, which connects activists, researchers, and artists who do work on diverse genders and sexualities.

Cosponsored by: American Studies Program; The Creative Writing Program; Helena Maria Viramontes; Dean of Students ; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies

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Sherron Brown left a positive review 11/14/2017

I really enjoyed the intimate space. I feel like Angelique really connected with the participants. Beautiful poetry and thought-provoking artwork. Thank you for enriching us with your knowledge and experiences!