Author Speech Aspen Words: Jamaica Baldwin

This event was recorded on July 21, 2022 at Bonfire Coffee Company in Carbondale, as part of the 2022 Aspen Words Writers in Residence program, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

Jamaica Baldwin (she) hails from Santa Cruz, California, via Seattle. In this author talk there is a discussion of his first book, “Bone Language”, which will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, World Literature Today, The Adroit Journal and The Missouri Review. , among others. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, winner of the 2021 RHINO Poetry Editor’s Award, and winner of the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference Competition in Poetry. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Jamaica is currently pursuing her doctorate in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a focus on poetry and women’s and gender studies.

Residency projects:
Jamaica will work on her second book of poetry using archival research to trace the heritage of her female ancestors from the Deep South to the West Coast. As a biracial woman, she is particularly interested in the impact of the legacy of colonialism and the global plantation machine on her female ancestors on both sides of the racial divide.

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