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Wandeka Gayle


Wandeka Gayle is a Jamaican writer, visual artist, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Spelman College. She has received writing fellowships from Hedgebrook, Kimbilio, Callaloo, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and the Vermont Studio Center. She has a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Her collection of short stories, Motherland and Other Stories, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020. Other writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Transition, Interviewing the Caribbean and other journals and magazines. She is currently working on her first novel, My Name Is Sweet Thing.

Gayle is also a former journalist who has worked with The Gleaner Company Limited and the Jamaica Business Journal.


Her art has been featured on Smile Jamaica, It's Morning Time (TVJ), in Focus Magazine, Da Vibe Magazine, and the Southwestern Review. 

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