The Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

Written by guest blogger, Anaridia Molina, an FIU Humanities Edge awardee

The Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS) promotes creative and critical writing by and about Caribbean women writers. It also celebrates and disseminates literature, orature, and multidisciplinary research about Caribbean women, gender, and sexuality and creates a platform to examine these works critically. 

Formed in 1994, preceded by a conference organized by Professor Selwyn Cudjoe in 1988, the ACWWS reinforces the awareness of the Caribbean diaspora and promotes an environment of cooperation between the linguistic and cultural groups of the Caribbean, which allows cross-cultural connection between all the Caribbean.

10th Anniversary International Conference, Florida International University, 2006. 
Courtesy of Special Collections & University Archives, Florida International University.

10th Anniversary International Conference Program, Hollywood, Florida 2006.
Courtesy of Special Collections & University Archives, Florida International University.

The ACWWS archives are held in the University Archives at Florida International University. The collection consists of past ACWWS newsletters, conferences pamphlets, pictures, articles, papers, brochures, and personal correspondence of the association. The collection demonstrates the history of the association and its achievements.

The Grenadian Voice, vol.17, no.21, 23 Apr 1998.
Courtesy of Special Collections & University Archives, Florida International University.

ACWWS Newsletter, Fall 2002.
Courtesy of Special Collections & University Archives, Florida International University.

For more information about ACWWS, please visit their website, Facebook page, and YouTube channelTalk Di Tings. The show features fantastic writers such as Ana Menéndez, Fabian Josephat, and Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming. These interviews ensure thought-provoking conversations with writers and scholars. The show aims to highlight writers’ works that have been critical to the building of the Caribbean literary tradition

Third Caribbean Women Writers Conference, Curacao 1992.
Courtesy of Special Collections & University Archives Florida International University.

Montpelier, James Madison University, Summer 1999 issue.
Courtesy of Special Collections & University Archives, Florida International University.

The Montpelier cover image above features Jacqueline Brice-Finch holding MaComère, the ACWWS journal.
“The journal publishes original creative works, criticism, selected ACWWS conferences papers, and book reviews. The inaugural issue of MaComère was published in 1998 with considerable support from James Madison University.”

Collection contact information:
Althea “Vicki” Silvera
Florida International University Libraries
Special Collections & University Archives
silverav@fiu.edu
305-348-3136

ACWWS websites:
Website:  http://www.acwws.org/index.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Education/Association-of-Caribbean-Women-Writers-and-Scholars-1119030131568784/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv2kEyuGmy5JXA6CyPgHkTg