The 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival — Authors & Performers

Calabash 08 will bring some of the most accomplished authors and performers from Jamaica and the wider world to its famous stage at Jakes in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, this Labour Day Weekend— Friday, May 23–25. This list includes Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Pulitzer Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa and Natasha Trethewey, Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Chris Abani, Jackie Kay, Gerard Donovan, Lawrence Hill, Lorna Goodison, Bob Andy and Chalice.

Chris Abani
Bob Andy
Wayne Armond
Edward Baugh
Erna Brodber
Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Ibo Cooper
Gerard Donovan
Cornelius Eady
Beverley East
Aracelis Girmay
Thomas Glave
Barbara Gloudon
Steve Golding
Lorna Goodison
Lawrence Hill
Denise Hunt
Jackie Kay
Yusef Komunyakaa
Beverley Anderson Manley
M. Mark

Kei Miller

Valzhyna Mort
Achy Obejas
Gregory Pardlo
Juan de Recacoechea
Lloyd Reckord
Nina Revoyr
Abraham Rodriguez
Seretse Small
Rosie Stone
Lori Tharps
Natasha Trethewey
Derek Walcott


Chris Abani

Chris Abani is a Nigerian poet and novelist and the author of Song for Night (a New York Times Editors' Choice), The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail (a selection of the Essence magazine's Book Club and a New York Times Editors' Choice), and GraceLand (a selection of the Today Show Book Club; winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award).

His other prizes include a PEN Freedom-to-Write Award, a Prince Claus Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He lives and teaches in California.

Program: Two the Hard Way