We in the Small Axe Project deplore in the strongest moral terms the slave-era-like treatment of Haitians trying to cross the border into the United States from Mexico. Ordinary men, women, and children fleeing political instability, economic misery, and quasi-natural catastrophes ought never to be treated as though there were "No Humans Involved" (as Sylvia Wynter might have said). There is a history here in which the dark hand of the United States is deeply implicated, and therefore responsible.
-- David Scott
We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Charles W. Mills (1951-2021). Mills passed away on the evening of Monday 20 September. Our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. A distinguished professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, Mills was a philosopher of wide-ranging interests who was perhaps best known for his critique of the white supremacist sources and character of liberalism and the disavowal of race in academic philosophy. He will be missed by many.
sx65 presents essays by Nadège Veldwachter, Mark Harris, César Colón-Montijo, Sarah Margarita Quesada and Lomarsh Roopnarine. Antonio López guest-edits the special section, "On Nancy Morejón’s Nación y Mestizaje en Nicolás Guillén" which includes essays by Devyn Spence Benson, Odette Casamayor, Aisha Z.
sx managing editor Vanessa Pérez-Rosario's book Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon has been translated into Spanish by Isabel Zapata. Becoming Julia de Burgos was the first book-length study of the poet written in English. Pérez-Rosario examines poet and political activist Julia de Burgos's development as a writer, her experience of migration, and her legacy in New York City, the poet's home after 1940.
We congratulate our editorial committee member Andil Gosine for receiving the Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award. His winning book, Nature's Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean, will be published in September 2021 by Duke University Press.
In anticipation of her translation of Boat People by Mayra Santos-Febres, Small Axe managing editor Vanessa Pérez-Rosario was interviewed for Poesía en acción's micro-interview series.
Includes essays by Yohann C. Ripert, Katey Castellano and Sarah Phillips Casteel. Editorial committee member Aaron Kamugisha guest-edits our special section "On Caribbean Intellectual History," which features essays by Anne Eller, Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi, Margo Groenewoud, Monique Bedasse and Marlene L. Daut. The work of St. Martin audiovisual artist Deborah Jack graces our front cover and her series "what is the value of what if it doesn't quench our thirst for . . ." features as our visual essay.
Adriana María Garriga-López's article, "Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico" has received honorable mention for the 2021 Blanca G. Silvestrini Award for Outstanding Article in Puerto Rican Studies. The article appeared in issue 64 of Small Axe.
Read the full article on Duke University Press' website and the abstract below:
For "Earth, World, Ethics: Conversations in Black and Caribbean Studies," the hosts asked participants to consider several thematics and questions, which the hosts locate in Black Critical Theory, Black Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Caribbean Poetics. How do we conceive of various formulations of disposability, life, nature, and the earth, against the apocalyptic tendencies in the discourses of the Anthropocene? What do we do with the category of the human vis-à-vis the senses—the senses and blackness, the senses and indigeneity, the senses and the elements?