Jamaica Kincaid, prose writer

Jamaica Kincaid

Monday, September 19, 2022


Colloquium: 1:30-2:30 p.m., N301 Callaway
(Kemp Malone Library)

The Phillis Wheatley Reading: 6:30 p.m., White Hall 208
(Goodrich C. White Auditorium)

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies


Jamaica Kincaid is a writer, novelist, and professor. Her works include Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and Mr. Potter, as well as her classic history of her Antigua, A Small Place and memoir My Brother. Her first book, the collection of stories At the Bottom of the River, won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Kincaid’s last novel, See Now Then, was published in 2013. Her love of gardening has also led to several books on the subject, including My Garden (2000) and Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya (2005), a memoir about a seed-gathering trek with three botanist friends. Among Flowers was rereleased in late 2020 with a new introduction by the author.

Professor of African and African American Studies in Residence at Harvard University, Kincaid was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. She has received a Guggenheim Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Prix Femina Étranger, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Clifton Fadiman Medal, the Dan David Prize for Literature in 2017, and the 2022 Hadada Award from The Paris Review.