Why This Black, Women led, Book Subscription Box Service Wants to “Decentre” White Literature

Digital Jamaican Of The Week | June 12, 2020

Looking for books written by and about POC people? You won’t get better than Decentred Lits subscription boxes.

The Jamaica based box service was founded last year by three bad ass women, Kaymara Barrett, Bibliophile & Earth Bender, Stacy-Ann Hayles, Web Design Nerd and Internet Whisperer and Gizelle Fletcher, Founder of the For Colored Girls Book Club.

Kaymara, Gizelle, Stacy-Ann of Decentred Lit

The main aim of this book club of sorts is to upendthe largely white publishing world and help their members “diversify their book shelves.”

“Globally publishing is so white, so most of the books we read is usually written by white authors. We wanted to take the gaze away from those white authors and instead centre the experiences of people who look like us, we wanted to decenter literature…”

 –  Kaymara Barrett CEO & Lead Curator

But’s it’s not just about books, it’s also about sparking conversations  in our community, conversations that may sometimes be painful. So, each month there is a theme that is explored and the contents of the surprise box includes curated books and tokens from that theme written  and created by the POC community all in beautifully and thoughfully packaged using eco-friendly material.

The combination of books, tokens and conversation is how the women at Dcentred Lit are using their platform to actively create a space for POC and especially Craibbean writers  and creators to shine.

For more information visit the website and Instagram page for more information and to subscribe.

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Kadia Francis

I am a blogger, podcaster, digital content creator and brand development strategist, telling the story of  Jamaicans in the tech and digital space.

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