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Merging lyrical nonfiction, memoir, and the visual, this talk focusses on the erotics of the author’s youth, homosexuality, taboo and secret desires, illicit romance, and lively family interactions in Jamaica in the 1970s, approximately a decade after the end of the British colonial era, the beginning of Jamaica’s independence, and the burgeoning of Jamaica’s black power movement.

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Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories,Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent(Lambda Literary Award, 2005), The Torturer’s Wife (Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist, 2008) and Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, forthcoming from Akashic Books in summer 2013. He is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Lambda Literary Award, 2008). His most recent work appears in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, and in the anthologies Kingston Noir and Love, Christopher Street, published in 2012. A founding member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG), Glave has been Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall College, Cambridge.

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