September 13, 2020

Jaikaran was a panelist for the final event of the 2020 Brooklyn Caribbean Lit Fest. In discussion with Kei Miller, Patricia Powell, Katia D. Ulysse, Hadassah Williams, and Curdella Forbes, Jaikaran spoke about craft vis-á-vis the concepts of “nation language” and authentic narration. Moderated by Naette Lee, the panel had over 70 attendees via Zoom.

January 8, 2018

Jaikaran was at The Potter’s House in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 for a book reading and Q&A session. She read from the chapter “Pansy” and discussed the institutional underpinnings of domestic violence perpetuation and non-prosecution.


November 27, 2017

Jaikaran will be in D.C. on January 6, 2018 at The Potter’s House.

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November 18, 2017

The Word Up Community Bookshop/ Libreria Communitaria, located in Washington Heights, hosted Elizabeth Jaikaran for a book reading of Trauma and Q&A session on the evening of November 18, 2017. The Q&A session was moderated by Cynthia Pong, the founder of Embrace Change, LLC, and incited powerful discourse on various topics and themes, including inherited trauma, institutional violence, violence against women, and writing as a tool for healing. Attendees were able to purchase books and have them signed by the author after the Q&A session.

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November 13, 2017

The students of a Women’s Literature course and a Fiction Writing Workshop at CUNY Guttman were assigned to read Elizabeth Jaikaran’s Trauma over the 2017 fall semester. On November 13, 2017, Jaikaran visited both classes to discuss her work with the students. Both taught by Dr. Nicola Blake, the courses engaged with Trauma in different ways. In the Women’s Literature course, the class discussed the themes in Jaikaran’s writing in parallel with other authors they read over the semester, including Edwidge Danticat, Zora Neale Hurston, and Sylvia Plath. In the Fiction Writing Workshop, Jaikaran taught a short story writing workshop and discussed the process of writing Trauma in terms of mechanics and craft. The school’s official write up of the class visits can be found here.


September 8, 2017

New York University School of Law’s Women of Color Collective hosted Elizabeth Jaikaran on the evening of September 8, 2017 for a reading of Trauma and Q&A session in the campus’ Furman Hall. A former board member of the Women of Color Collective during her years at the law school, Jaikaran connected with many old and new faces at the event and engaged in intriguing discussion during the Q&A on the subjects of collective trauma and institutional injustice.

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August 5, 2017

The official book launch for Elizabeth Jaikaran’s Trauma was held at the powerHouse Arena Bookstore located at 28 Adams Street in Brooklyn on August 5, 2017. Nearly 100 people attended over the course of the afternoon event, during which Brown Girl Magazine’s Priya Arora did a brief Q&A session and then attendees met with, and had their books signed by, the author.

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July 1, 2017