Myriam J. A. Chancy

Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities

Office Address: Balch 307
Office Phone: (909) 607-3536
Personal Website:
Myriam Chancy

Academic History

Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Iowa, 1994. Dissertation: “In Search of Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile”

M.A. in English Literature, Dalhousie University, Canada, 1990. Thesis: “James Baldwin and the Dissolution of the Color Line”

B.A., with honors (Four-Year Advanced) in English Literature, Minor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1989.

Areas of Expertise

English Lit./African Diaspora with specialization in: Caribbean Women's Literature (with specialization in Anglophone Caribbean and Haitian women's literature); Caribbean Literature 20th C. to Present; African American Lit. (Harlem Renaissance to Present). Theory: Postcolonial; Transnational/Feminist Theory. Creative Writing: Fiction.

Personal Interests

Photography; film; pottery; food culture

Selected Research and Publications


What Storm, What Thunder – A novel on post-earthquake Haiti, forthcoming, HarperCollins Canada/Tin House USA, Fall 2021.

Autochthonomies: Transnationalism, Testimony and Transmission in the African Diaspora. (Guggenheim supported project). University Press of Illinois: March 2020.

From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic (Academic) Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012.

The Loneliness of Angels (A Novel) Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2010.

The Scorpion’s Claw (A Novel) Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2005.

Spirit of Haiti. (A Novel) London, England: Mango Press, 2003.

Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997.

Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1997.


Englenes Ensomhed. (Translation of Loneliness of Angels) Tr. Iben H. Philipsen. Copenhagen, Denmark: Rebel With A Cause Press, March 2019.

Edited Volumes

Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism [Indiana UP & Smith College], Vol. 3, no. 2, 2003; Vol. 4, no. 1 & 2, 2004; Vol. 5, no. 1, 2005 [Acquisitions, Vol. 5, no. 2, 2005]


(Solicited Essay) – "I Might Lose All My Life": Brother, I’m Dying and (Black) Immigration Discourse in the United States. Eds. Jana Braziel & Nadège Clitandre. Bloomsbury Companion to Edwidge Danticat. Forthcoming, 2020.

(Solicited Essay) - "Phantom Limbs: Kinship, Racial Performance, and Liberation in Octavia Butler's Kindred." Literaturas de Língua Inglesa: leituras interdisciplinares. Vol. 3 Spring 2019, Río, Brazil.

"African Diasporic Autochthonomies: A Syncretic Methodology for Liberatory Indigeneities." In Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic Ed. Jerome Branche. Routledge: 2018.

"On the Edge of Silence: l'(in)-imaginable and Gendered Representations of the Rwandan Genocide from Photography to Raoul Peck’s Sometimes in April." In Raoul Peck: Power, Politics, and the Political Imagination. Eds. Pressley-Sanon & Saint-Just. Lanham: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

"Subjectivity in Motion: Caribbean Women's (Dis)Articulations of Being from Fanon/Capécia to the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole in Many Lands." Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Spring 2015.

"Cultural Impasse and Structural Change: How to Address Questions of Gender Equity for Haitian Women Across Societal Strata." Grahn, Haiti Perspectives: Thematic Notebook, Vol. 2, No. 3//Condition of Haitian Women, 2013.

"'Harvesting' Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Zora Neale Hurston’s Literary (Dis)Articulation of Being," In Dialogues Across Diasporas. Eds. Marion Rohrleitner et al. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013.

"A Marshall Plan for a Haiti at Peace: To Continue or End the Legacy of the Revolution." In Haiti and the Americas. Eds. Calargé, Dalleo et al. University Press of Mississippi, 2013.

"Hearing Our Mothers: Safeguarding Haitian Women’s Representation & Practices of Survival." (Abbreviated Essay) In Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake, Eds. Mark Schuller & Pablo Morales. West Hartford: Kumarian Press, January 2012.


"Haiti: Five Years After." Blogged, by invitation, in The Massachusetts Review,, published on-line, January 2, 2015 (w/ four original photographs).

"New Year’s Resolution 2014: "Love Thy Neighbor." Blogged in the, January 2014; Spanish translation by Iván Pérez Carrión re-blogged in the Dominican Republic, January 5/2014.

"Apartheid in the Americas: Are you Haitian?" Blogged, October 2013: [Jamaica], [Puerto Rico], [US], [US] & The Haitian [Boston]; Fall issue of [US]; Nov. 21, The Curaçao Chronicle [Curaçao] & St. Maarten Island [St. Maarten/St. Martin]; Spanish translation by Iván Pérez Carrión re-blogged in the DR @, Nov. 26/13.

"The Horrors of Slavery: Haiti, Vodou and the Myth of the Cursed Nation," T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, forthcoming November 2012. (w/ 3 original photographs)

"Walking Sadness: Haitian Returns," T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Oct. 2012. (w/ 2 original photographs)

Photography & Film

"Ayiti Alive!" One-woman show, Claremont Graduate University Art Gallery,
February 3-14, 2020. 52 original digital photographs printed on aluminum sheets and DiBond.

"Ayiti Chérie: Signs of Life 2011-2013," One-woman show, Fairfield Community Arts Center, Fairfield, OH, 32 original digital photographs printed on aluminum sheets (16x20-5x6), January 10-February 15, 2014. (10 prints sold to private collectors)

"Ayiti Chérie: Signs of Life 2011-2013," One-woman show, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH, 27 original digital photographs printed on aluminum sheets (16x20-5x6), March-April 2014. (4 prints sold to private collectors)

"Love & Forgiveness in Collectivity: Sant Atizana, Matenwa, LaGonav, Haiti," 13-minute video short, supported by the Fetzer Institute, premiered at Fetzer Institute Global Gathering, Assisi, Italy, September 2012.

Awards and Honors

  • Awarded Mid-Career 2014 John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Literary Criticism, April 2014; Fellowship term: 12 months, August 2014-August 2015.
  • Winner, 2011, Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award 2010, Best Book of Fiction, for The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), awarded by the Government of Guyana/University of Guyana Prize Trustees.
  • The Loneliness of Angels -- Longlisted for 1st Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature, Trinidad/Tobago, March 2011 (Shortlisted in Fiction category)
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, English Graduate Student Association (EGSA), LSU, 2009.
  • Nominated, Sigma Tau Delta (English Club), LSU, “Favorite Professor Award,” November 2008.
  • Nominated for Prince Claus Award (by Amina Mama, South Africa), Netherlands, 2005.
  • Editor Emeritus, Meridians, 2005-Present.
  • Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement (Meridians), Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), 2004.
  • Shortlisted, Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book Category (Spirit of Haiti), Canada/Caribbean Region, 2004.
  • Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Cassis, France, Fall 2001.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chàvez, Rosa Parks, Visiting Professorship, University of Michigan, December 6, 2000.
  • Outstanding Academic Book Award (OAB), 1997-1998, for Searching For Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple UP, 1997), from Choice, February 1999, American Library Association.
  • Mentor Appreciation Award, Preparing Future Faculty Program, Arizona State University, Main Campus, July 1999.
  • Nomination, MLA 1997 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies for Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women from Rutgers University Press.


Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Guggenheim Fellow and HBA Chair of the Humanities at Scripps College. Her academic publications include: From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions from Haiti, Cuba & The Dominican Republic (WUP 2012), Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers 1997), and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple 1997; Choice OAB Award, 1998). Her novels include: The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree 2010; 2011 Guyana Prize in Literature Caribbean Award, Best Fiction 2010), and Spirit of Haiti (Mango 2003; shortlisted, Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region, Commonwealth Prize 2004). A recent editorial advisory board member of PMLA (2010-12) and of the Fetzer Institute (2011-13), she currently sits on the advisory board of Voices For Our America (VOA) housed at Vanderbilt University. A frequently invited guest speaker nationally and internationally, delivering talks and creative readings on the subject of Caribbean, Haitian and social justice issues, she has served as an expert panelist and reviewer for the John S. Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, the Prince Claus Fund, and numerous professional journals, university presses and tenure/promotion reviews nationally.

Courses Taught

  • Core 3 (Scripps): Caribbean Women Writers; Postcolonial Anxieties
  • James Baldwin Seminar (Africana/English)
  • Women Writing/Memoir (Writing Program)
  • Caribbean Literature & Postcolonial Theory (English/Humanities)
  • Foundations in Postcolonial Theory (Humanities Program)
  • Transnational Feminist Theory (CGU)