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    2016

    • "Chinua Achebe: It is the storyteller who makes us see what we are"
    • The Massachusetts Review
    • Spring 2016, pp. 60-65
    • I’d like to say a few things about Chinua Achebe, which hopefully resonate somewhat with our title-“It is the Storyteller who makes us see what we are.” I’ve been thinking about this title and have come to the conclusion that in the case of Chinua Achebe he was also a Storyteller who made us see who we are, or at least he certainly did in my case.
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    • "Finding The Lost Child"
    • Work in Progress: The Latest From the Front Lines of Literature, Presented by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
    • May 2015
    • Living inside a book for many years it is perhaps inevitable that one loses sight of what the book is actually about. That is, if one ever really knew in the first place. Writers move stealthily, and almost always by instinct. However on completing a manuscript one is forced to describe to agents, editors, friends, and family the subject-matter of these months and years of furtiveness. So, what is your book about? It’s at this point that the full extent of the myopia is laid bare. “I’m afraid I’m not sure” will not suffice as an answer. Neither will, “Can you give me a little more time to disengage myself and make sense of things?” In the end I usually find myself talking about what led me to the book, for this is a subject I can tip-toe around with some degree of confidence..
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    • "75 at 75: Caryl Phillips on Derek Walcott."
    • 92nd Street Y: Poetry Center Online
    • April 2014
    • Caryl Phillips responds to a reading by Derek Walcott as part of the 92nd St Y's project, "Poetry Center Online: Celebrating 75 Years of the Unterberg Poetry Center".
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selected articles

  • 'Chinua Achebe: It is the storyteller who makes us see what we are', The Massachusetts Review, Spring 2016, pp.60-65.
  • 'Caryl Phillips: Reading my way back to the past, and the moors', The Guardian, September 8, 2015.
  • 'Finding The Lost Child', Work in Progress: The Latest From the Front Lines of Literature, Presented by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, May 2015.
  • 'A Life in Ten Chapters', The Excellent Decade, (Trinidad and Tobago: Paria Publishing, 2015) pp. 143-145.
  • 'What is Africa to Me Now?', Research in African Literatures, Volume 46, Number 4, Winter 2015, pp. 10-14.
  • 'Derek Walcott: The Journeyman Years, Occasional Prose 1957-1974, Volumes 1 and 2, Edited by Gordon Collier', Wasafiri, Fall 2014.
  • 'Revisiting the European Tribe', Wasafiri, Volume 79, Fall 2014.
  • 'John Edgar Wideman', interview conducted by Caryl Phillips, BOMB: The Author Interviews, ed. Betsy Sussler. (Soho Press, November 2014) pp. 439-450. [Originally published in Bomb Magazine, 49 (Fall 1994), pp. 34-37].
  • 'Arrivals in the Slipstream', review of J. Dillon Brown's Migrant Modernism: Postwar London and the West Indian Novel, Times Literary Supplement, No. 5822, 31 October 2014 pp. 11-12.

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