Founded in 1976 by its editor, Charles Henry Rowell, Callaloo is a journal sponsored by Texas A&M University and College Station and published five times a year by John Hopkins University Press in Baltimore, Maryland. Callaloo was originally devoted to the literature of the Black South, but today the journal focuses on the literature and culture of the African Diaspora. Callaloo, says its editor, serves "to exhibit, preserve, critique, and promote African Diaspora literary and visual culture."

Callaloo sponsers three annual creative writing workshops at the University of the West Indies (Barbados), Brown University (RI) and Oxford University (United Kingdom). The workshops were originally created as an outreach programme to historically black colleges and universities in the USA, but these workshops have now expanded to serve new and emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers throughout English-speaking regions of the African Diaspora. The workshops are currently led by such distinguised prize-winning writers as Fred D'Aguiar, Vievee Francis, Ravi Howard, Gregory Pardlo, and Jacinda Townsend.

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