Something you might want to check out if you happen to be stateside

Participants in the upcoming WORDFest include Carol Ottley-Mitchell of CaribbeanReads, publisher of my book Musical Youth; American with Antiguan roots, A. Naomi Jackson and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo; and Beverly Benjamin-George, president of community partner, the Friends of Antigua Public Library. – JCH




Space on the Shelf – If you see me looking at books  
A discussion with writers, publishers, educators and caregivers exploring how to bring more diversity into the arena of children’s literature and who shapes the narratives.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell (St. Kitts-Nevis), publisher, CaribbeanReads
Daniel José Older (Cuba), author, The Shadowshaper
Kellie Magnus (Jamaica)

First Book Journeys – I have learnt from books
Authors share their experiences about having their debut novels being printed.
Elsie Augustave (Haiti), The Roving Tree
A. Naomi Jackson (US/Antigua &Barbuda), The Star Side of Bird Hill
Annette Vendryes Leach (US/Panama), Song of the Shaman

Beyond the Shadows – If you see me looking at your hands; listening when you speak  
The confluence of private stories and public narratives with Caribbean LGBT writers
Cheryl Boyce Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago), Convincing the Body
Darrel Alejandro Holnes (Panama), PRIME: Poetry & Conversations
Jason Price (Belize), The Constitution of Maya Smalls
Moderator: Rosamond King, Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination
Young Readers


The Wonder Years -Who did not sleep to dream
Developing life-long readers with stories which excite the imagination. (Under 12 yrs.)
Tracey Baptiste (US/Trinidad & Tobago), The Jumbies
Kellie Magnus (Jamaica),
Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica)
Ibi Zoboi (Haiti), A is for Ayiti

Science Fiction to Mysteries – Coming to your house
Identifying self and claiming space in Caribbean Literature for teens and young adult.
Jewel Daniel (St. Kitts – Nevis), Zapped
Zetta Elliott (St. Kitts – Nevis), The Deep
Daniel José Older (Cuba), The Shadowshaper


Open Mic -I will not still my voice
A stage, a microphone, a poem; a world of possibilities

Adult Readers

Where the Poem Lives – I have too much to claim
The delight of savoring the first edition of newly released anthologies.
Keshia Gaye Anderson (Jamaica), Gathering the Waters
Carmen Bardeguez-Brown (Puerto Rico), Song for Morris
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (Antigua & Barbuda)

Man Talk – Of men dreaming and living and hungering  
Hubert Guscott (Jamaica), Mystical Speed – The Revenge of the Yellow Yam
Kamalo Deens, (Trinidad & Tobago), Curry Cascadoo
Kevin Sabio (US/Honduras), Chronicles of the Black
Moderator: Sheron Hamilton Pearson, journalist

Woman Things – Who could not die since death was far too poor
Elsie Augustave (Haiti), The Roving Tree
Rosalind McLymont (Guyana), The Guyana Contract
Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica-Canada), Red Jacket

Chart Topper – Walking in the sun 
Marlon James (Jamaica),  A Brief History of Seven Killings
“…perhaps the best book of 2014. Set in Jamaica, it is a work of historical fiction based on true events: it details the days leading up to, and the fall out after, an assassination attempt on famed singer Bob Marley.” (Brook Stephenson, Gawker)
Moderator: Beverly Benjamin George

Heat and Light – Know that I look for fire!
Negus Tehuti Adeyemi (US/Barbados), Soularadiance
Adissa AJA Andwele (Barbados), Antiquity
Cheryl Boyce Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago), Convincing the Body
Jabez (Jamaica)
Timothy Prolific Jones (US/Barbados/Grenada)
Hermina Marcellin (St. Lucia)
David Mills (US/Jamaica), Sudden Country
Ras Osagyefo (Jamaica), Psalms of Osagyefo
Yolaine St. Fort (Haiti),
Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari (US/Honduras), Smoke
Program subject to change without notice.

Presenting Partners
Medgar Evers College (CUNY), Caribbean Research Center, Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, School of Liberal Studies and Education, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts; Poets & Writers, Inc.

Presenting Friends
Heather Archibald, Lloyd Crooks, Hubert Guscott, David Mills, Alex Neptune, Elizabeth Nunez, Barbara Richards, Yolaine St.Fort, Sandra Webster; Arlene White

Programming Partners
Akashic Book Publishers
Caribbean Book Review
Caribbean Network Television
Caribbean Reads
Materials for the Arts
Mosaic Literary Magazine
The Network Journal

Civic Partners
Office of New York State Assembly Member N. Nick Perry
Office of New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene

Community Partners
Antillean Aruban Cultural Affairs Association
Brooklyn Caribbean Youth Festival
Friends of the Antigua Public Library
International Consortium of Caribbean Professionals
People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective
St. Martin/Sint Maarten Friendship Association
Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations
University of the West Indies Alumni Association

SUBWAY: Franklin Avenue Station – 2, 3, 4; S
BUS:  B49 – Bedford Ave/Rogers Ave and Crown St; B44 – Nostrand Ave & Carroll St; B43 – Empire Blvd & Bedford Ave
INFO:  718-783-8345 / 718-270-6218
ADMISSION: $10 – adults.  $5.00 – seniors/students.  Free – children under 12yrs

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