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Waiting for a Name

poems by Elizabeth Jaikaran

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Waiting for a Name is a collection of poetry devoted to the questions surrounding love, divinity, and identity. It is an exploration of the magic contained in the Caribbean diaspora. It is the veneration of the imperfect Muslim. It is one of the many war cries of Queens, New York.

POETRY / General
POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family
POETRY / Women Authors

ISBN: 978-1-956056-61-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2022947420

copyright 2023; released 1-17-2023

150 pages


Author Biography

Elizabeth Jaikaran is a New York–based author and lawyer, with work published across a spectrum of print and digital media. She began writing at the age of eight and, since then, has published fiction, non-fiction, legal commentary, poetry, and comedy. She is the child of Guyanese immigrants, born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Queens. Jaikaran’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Playboy, The Higgs Weldon, Brown Girl Magazine, Drunk Magazine, SILENT Magazine, Literally, Darling Magazine, The Muslim Observer, Bruk Out Media, PREE Lit, Human/Kind Journal, and Defunkt Magazine. Her first book, Trauma: A Collection of Short Stories, was published by Shanti Arts in 2017, and is recognized as a critically acclaimed work. Waiting for a Name is her first collection of poetry.


“What does it mean to have a name? Half pronounced, mispronounced, uncertain, unofficial? What if we are named by all the things that compose us as beings? What if waiting to be named is the approach? Waiting for a Name is an ode to the multi-faceted self and its incarnations. It is in the specificity of Queens, Richmond Hill, Guyanese Creole, combined heritages, passings and goodbyes, matriarchal warnings, dreams and desires, languages dictated and pronounced. It is a revelation. It is love. May we all find tenderness and healing among these pages as Elizabeth Jaikaran has gifted us in these life-affirming words.”
Sokhunthary Svay, author of Apsara in New York: Poems

“I am touched, moved, and forever changed—Liz Jaikaran's poetry collection is as powerful as it is necessary. Jaikaran's power with the pen brings to life complex themes of diaspora and home, love and trauma, life and death with ease and care. Her gift with writing, and especially this form, allows the reader to feel seen, while also being keenly aware that we're seeing Jaikaran stand tall among the lessons and blessings of her ancestors. This collection is a must-read for all those who have ever felt  misunderstood, far from home, or painfully alone—namely, it is a must-read for all human beings”
Priya Arora, host of Queering Desi 

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