At Book Coolie, Jamaican-American poet, playwright and author Geoffrey Philp discusses the difficulty of capturing a credible Jamaican voice in fiction, particularly in light of “the yearly migration of Jamaicans to Miami, New York, Montreal, and London.” Some audience members at a Jamaica College book signing took exception to Philp’s decision, in his Benjamin, My Son, to have a Jamaican telemarketer living in Miami use the word “soccer” rather than “football” when referring to the American game.
Cubans and American preservationists unite to save Hemingway’s crumbling home outside Havana.
Florida State University — state rival to my alma mater — angles to win the top spot on the National Research Council’s ranking of creative writing programs, forthcoming in 1997. (Thanks for the link, Andy.)
“So, Is It Done?,” an instructional DVD on “navigating the revision process,” is hosted by FSU’s Janet Burroway and features other Florida State writers, including Robert Olen Butler, Elizabeth Stucky-French, Ron Carlson, Rosellen Brown, and Michael Martone.