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CLACS & Forgotten Lands are hosting the New York presentation of Volume 03 of the Forgotten Lands book series titled In Defense of Paradise. This presentation will feature its founder Cory Bishop and Caribbean artists featured in the book, Dwayne Leblanc and Nadia Alexis, in conversation.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora
Forgotten Lands is an independent publisher of Caribbean art, culture, & dialogue. We've just released our third issue, Volume 03: In Defense of Paradise, which features 15 select artists from throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora. For Volume 03, we're delving into Caribbean vulnerability in different dimensions: culture, socioeconomics, history, sexuality, sustainability, self-determination, and other stories that need to be told.
Cory Torres Bishop founded Forgotten Lands in 2017 in direct response to hurricanes Maria and Irma — category 5 hurricanes that devastated his home (Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands) along with the majority of the northeastern Caribbean. Cory is currently splitting his time between St. Croix (Virgin Islands) and Brooklyn.
Dwayne LeBlanc is a first-generation Caribbean-American creative with parents from the island of Dominica. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he makes work in film, television, and photography.
Nadia Alexis is a poet, photographer, educator, and organizer born in Harlem, New York City to Haitian immigrants and currently based in Oxford, Mississippi. In 2019, she was the recipient of the honorable mention prize in poetry for the Hurston/Wright College Writers Award. Her photographs have been shown in several exhibitions in the U.S. and Cuba. She’s currently a creative writing PhD student at the University of Mississippi where she also earned a creative writing MFA.