Writing in the Dark: A Genealogy of Black Letters and Lives

04/04/2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
McCormick 101
Caryl Phillips

Writing in the Dark: A Genealogy of Black Letters and Lives

A conversation with the author and playwright Caryl Phillips

Orgainized by Tao Leigh Goffe

Free and open to the public.

This event is part of the Campus Conversations on Identities and is sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the Department of English, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Princeton Caribbean Connection


Caryl Phillips was born in St.Kitts, West Indies, and brought up in England. He is the author of numerous books of non-fiction and fiction. Dancing in the Dark won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and A Distant Shore won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Lannan Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Crossing the River, which was also short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has written extensively for the stage, television, and film, and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds honorary doctorates from a number of universities. He has taught at universities in Singapore, Ghana, Sweden and Barbados and is currently Professor of English at Yale University. His latest novel, The Lost Child, was published in 2015.