Hope Street Writer in Residence

In collaboration with the visual/literary arts and culture journal The White Review, the Centre hosts an internationally renowned writer for one week every year.


Our Hope Street Writer in Residence for 2020 is Prof Thomas Glave. Born to Jamaican parents in The Bronx, New York, Glave grew up there and in Kingston, Jamaica. He earned a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College in 1993 (Cum laude, English and Latin American Studies) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Brown University in 1998. He is a member of the English faculty at the Binghamton University, where he teaches creative writing and courses on Caribbean, African-American, black British, postcolonial, and L.G.B.T./queer literatures, among other topics. Glave possesses dual Jamaican and U.S. citizenship. Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories (City Lights, 2000), The Torturer's Wife (City Lights, 2008), the essay collection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), and is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Duke University Press, 2008). Whose Song? garnered considerable praise upon its publication, drawing admiration from writers like Nadine Gordimer, Gloria Naylor, Clarence Major, and in reviews in publications like The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Hartford Courant, and The Globe and Mail. Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh Paperback – July 2, 2013 Named a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction! Included in the 2014 Over the Rainbow list Selected by Publishers Weekly as a Pick of the Week (July 1st, 2013)! Selected by The Airship/Black Balloon Publishing as a Best Book of 2013 "This collection is wide-ranging, moving from the Caribbean (Jamaica in particular) to Cambridge, England, and from poetry to sex to discrimination." --Library Journal (BEA Editors' Picks feature).

The centre hosted a free online event with Thomas Glave entitled 'A Reminder Letter to England' at 7pm on Wednesday 14th April.

In 2019, the Hope Street Writer in Residence was Nuar Alsadir

In 2018, Hope Street Writer in Residence was writer Meena Kandasamy. The Centre for New and International Writing, in association with the White Review, hosted Meena Kandasamy and author Preti Taneja reading at the Bluecoat.


Prior to that, it was the philospher and cultural theorist Rosi Braidotti.


In 2016, it was celebrated poet, Forrest Gander.