Honor Ford-Smith speaks at York’s Caribbean Writer’s Series

Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies is the host of the 2002-2003 Caribbean Writers Series. Here is an account of the second presentation in the series, written by Atkinson Master Diana Cooper-Clark:

“The second event in the Caribbean Writers Series was very special. The Atkinson Master”s Office was pleased to have Honor Ford-Smith read from her book, . Honor was the founding member of Sistren, a Jamaican theatre collective. Her reading of the book, poetry and prose, accompanied with slides, touchingly portrayed her relationship with her mother who died of cancer, her life journey with a black mother and an absent white father who killed himself, and her experiences in Jamaica.”

Ford-Smith is a playright and, in addition, co-editor and author of Sistren’s collection of oral biographies. As well, she is a performer and a teacher, and has held fellowships at Radcliffe/Harvard, Amherst College and the Rockefeller Study Centre in Bellagio, Italy. Currently, she teachers at the Institute of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto and will be teaching a graduate cultural production workshop on autobiography, testimony and performance at York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies in the winter semester.

The Caribbean Writers Series is sponsored by the Caribbean Women’s Collection, The Nellie Langford Rowell Library, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, Graduate Program in English, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Atkinson School of Arts and Letters and Centre for Feminist Research.