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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

My name is Carolyn Parker-Fairbain, (she/they).


  • a hand drawn portrait of Carolyn in black ink on white paper

I grew up in Boston, MA, on Pawtucket and Massachusetts homelands/lands. I am a Black Caribbean American, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I am on a continuous journey, learning what it means to be of these places and of these peoples. 

On Tuesday, I listened to the prologue of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer, an Ojibwe man, while driving past the Great Falls in Pocumtuc and Wabanaki Confederacy lands. Looking out on this land while the sun shone on the snow covered rocks, I thought about my people. Treuer laid out so much of what’s at the heart of what I hope to do as a scholar and an artist, to write my people in and simultaneously write us out. On wings of words and action. 

I am learning. 

I am learning through practice and more often these days through theory. I am finding I need both. 

Here’s some links to things I’m involved in this semester and some resources referenced here.

David Treuer 

Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements

Native Land