Faculty Name

Wandeka Gayle, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor





Office Location

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 321


Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
M.A., Andrews University
B.A., Northern Caribbean University
B.A., Northern Caribbean University


Dr. Wandeka Gayle is a Jamaican writer, a visual artist, and an assistant professor of creative writing at Spelman College. She earned her Ph.D. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) and her Masters in English from Andrews University.

She has been awarded writing fellowships from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, and the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Her collection of short stories, "Motherland and Other Stories," will be published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020. Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in "Transition," "Pleiades," "Kweli," "Solstice,"midnight & indigo," "Interviewing the Caribbean" and others.

Her writing – critical and creative – focuses on the rich and varied experiences of the African Diaspora, exploring particularly the Afro-Caribbean and African-American migration, the adaptability to place, the preservation of home through custom and memory, and the balance between assimilation and cultural erasure.

Dr. Gayle, who has been teaching at the college level for approximately thirteen years, was the recent Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction at Southern Utah University (SUU), has also taught at her alma mater, Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica and at ULL, where she received the Bernice and Robert Webb Award for Excellence in Teaching while a doctoral candidate.

She has taught creative writing, literature, journalism, composition, syntax, and grammar courses. Dr. Gayle was also a journalist for over six years, working first as a staff reporter at the Gleaner Company, and then as a freelance writer for "Jamaica Business Journal."

She is also a visual artist whose watercolor and acrylic paintings largely feature floral and pastoral Jamaica and have been featured in "The Southwestern Review," "Da Vibe magazine," "The Sunday Gleaner" and on "Smile, Jamaica It’s Morning Time" (TVJ).

Courses Taught

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop (SENG-391-01)
Intro to Creative Writing (SENG-305-01)

Research Interests

Creative Writing
Ethnic/ Cultural Studies
Immigration Literature
Caribbean Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Africana literature


"Motherland and Other Stories," Peepal Tree Press, 2020 (forthcoming)