session 2 – revisioning blog platforms

Ivette Romero, Nicholas Laughlin, and Kelly Baker Josephs

This panel brings together veritable pioneers of the Caribbean digital, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gébert, Ivette Romero, Nicholas Laughlin, and Peter Hudson to discuss blogging as praxis in the Americas and their diasporas. Long dedicated to proposing new and provocative narratives to diverse online audiences, panelists will share their experiences and plans for engaging the public beyond the space of the academy. Founding editor of sx salon Kelly Baker Josephs moderates the discussion.

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Nicholas Laughlin is a writer and editor, born and based in Port of Spain. He is editor of The Caribbean Review of Books and the arts and travel magazine Caribbean Beat, and programme director of the Bocas Lit Fest, which runs an annual literary festival, a series of literary prizes, and year-round writer development and literary promotion activities for Caribbean authors. He is also co-director of the contemporary arts space Alice Yard. His book of poems The Strange Years of My Life was published in 2015. nicholaslaughlin.com

Ivette Romero is a Professor of Spanish, Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and Faculty Coordinator of Marist Abroad Programs for Italian and Spanish at Marist College. Her research interests include Caribbean testimonial narrative, women writers, cinema and visual arts. Her work has been published in journals such as Anales del Caribe, Callaloo, Caribbean Quarterly, Mango Season, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, and Sargasso. She has co-edited two volumes—Women at Sea: Travel Writing and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse (2001) and Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures (2008)—and is co-editor of the Repeating Islands blog with Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert. Her research interests center on comparative Caribbean Studies. She is presently working on two book-length studies: one on representations of AIDS in Caribbean literature, visual arts and popular culture; and another on the preservation of national identity in marginal communities in Puerto Rico and the diaspora.

Kelly Baker Josephs is an associate professor of English at York College, CUNY. She is the author of Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Lit­erature (2013), editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform, and manager of The Caribbean Commons website. Her current book project, Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age, explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production.