Jhordan Layne is a Doctoral Candidate at Queen’s University in the English Department. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and French Literature at Western University. At McMaster university he received his Master’s degree in English, and his Master’s Thesis, titled Our Words Are Brick and Mortar: Masculine Reconstructions of Home and Community in Windrush Era West Indian Migrant Literature, was supervised by Dr. Daniel Coleman. His dissertation project is a transhistorical exploration of literary representations of obeah from the 18th century to the contemporary period, supervised by Dr. Chris Bongie. His research interests include the novels of Marlon James, obeah in Caribbean colonial and postcolonial literature, religion and secularism in Caribbean literature, post-World War II migration in Black British literature, and postcolonialism in science fiction.
Jhordan is also a passionate creative writer. His research interests and his poetic method converge to produce poetry and short fiction that inhabit the paradoxes of belief and doubt, existence and nonexistence, and the dissonant pains and pleasures that come from those dilemmas. His poetry has been published in The Lamp, and he is currently working on a collection of poems tentatively titled Extinction Songs. He writes out of Kingston, Ontario and enjoys eating sloppily at restaurants and then critiquing the subtle nuances in their décor.