PREE, a leading literary journal from the Caribbean, hosted readings for leading and emerging writers in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 12, 2022.
PREE is an online magazine for new contemporary writing from and about the Caribbean. They publish original works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and experimental writing, giving their authors international visibility far beyond the islands.
The organization hosted readings of writers who have contributed to the BOOKMARKED anthology, which comes from the previous five magazines, that have been published this weekend. The evening at the Ormsby Memorial Hall also featured readings from scholarship recipients of a PREE program.
The afternoon conducted by Isis Dr. Semaj-Hall started off first with the scholars who were Yashika Graham, Jovante Anderson, Tanicia Pratt, and Kaleb D’Aguilar. They were then followed by Staceyann Chin, Kei Miller, Marlon James, Roland Watson-Grant, and Diana McCaulay.
Staceyann Chin Staceyann Chin is a spoken-word poet, performing artist, and LGBT rights political activist who has written The Other Side of Paradise – A Memoir and Crossfire: A Litany for Survival. Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, fiction writer, essayist, and blogger as well as a professor of creative writing. Marlon James is the author of five novels: John Crow’s Devil, The Book of Night Women, A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won him the 2015 Man Booker Prize, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and Moon Witch, Spider King. Roland Watson-Grant is a novelist, screenwriter, and travel writer with the novel Sketcher, and Diana McCaulay has written Dog-Heart, Huracan, Gone to Drift, White Liver Gal, and Daylight Come.
It was a memorable afternoon as they read from their work and the audience responded enthusiastically. You can check out the readings in full below;