LHF 2021 Celebrates Jamaica Kincaid

The Langston Hughes Festival and The City College of New York Honor Award-Winning Writer Jamaica Kincaid

Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of Langston Hughes and Jamaica Kincaid's original and essential work.

Photograph of Jamaica Kincaid with blue background.


Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. She became a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine from 1974 to 1996, publishing her first book, At the Bottom of the River, a collection of short stories, in 1983. Her first novel, Annie John, followed in 1985 – the story of a willful ten-year-old growing up on Antigua. Further novels include Lucy (1990), the story of a teenage girl from the West Indies who comes to North America to work as an au pair for a wealthy family; The Autobiography of My Mother (1996), a novel set on Dominica and told by a seventy-year-old woman looking back on her life; and Mr. Potter (2007), which follows the life of an illiterate taxi chauffeur.

Kincaid released A Small Place in 1988, a short, powerful book about the effects of colonialism, and My Brother in 1997, a chronicle of her brother’s battle with Aids. 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.

Her novel See Now Then (2013) won the Before Columbus Foundation America Book Award in 2014. Her other numerous awards include the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dan David Prize for Literature, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Award, a Guggenheim Foundation award, and the Prix Femina Etranger award. She teaches in the English, African and African-American Studies departments at Harvard University and lives with her family in Vermont.

Please join us on Thursday November 18, 2021 for our virtual celebration.


Last Updated: 10/12/2021 10:38