We are proud and honored to publish all 80-plus journals under the JHUP umbrella, but are especially excited when one receives special recognition. That means, right now, that the apple of our eye is Callaloo, along with its esteemed editor, Charles Henry Rowell.
PBS NewsHour recently aired a special segment about Rowell’s long-time commitment to African American literature, particularly poetry. The interview includes footage of Rowell and journal staff working on an upcoming issue of the journal, which was founded by Rowell and is publishing its 36th volume this year. Callaloo continues to identify, nurture and promote new black writers while also showcasing literary stalwarts. Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, and current Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey have all been published in the journal.
The segment also touched on Rowell’s extensive collection of pieces from black artists, some of which end up serving as the focus of covers for Callaloo. Later this year, JHUP will publish Callaloo Art, a special issue highlighting these and other works. Rowell’s passion for sharing undiscovered writers, poets, and artists serves as a reminder of the power held between the covers of a journal.