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James, Hutchinson are Academy Winners

“NEW YORK, March 20, 2018—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 15 writers who will receive its 2018 awards in literature. The awards will be presented in New York at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. This year’s literature prizes, totaling $185,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Academy’s 250 members propose candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners. This year’s award committee members were Joy Williams (chairman), Russell Banks, Henri Cole, Amy Hempel, and Anne Tyler.”

Among the 15 are two notable Caribbean writers, Marlon James and Ishion Hutchinson who are among eight recipients of Arts and Letters Awards of $10,000 each honoring exceptional accomplishment in literature.

Read the rest of the list here.


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Hands Rewards Literacy Efforts in the Caribbean

Hands Across the Sea was one of the Wadadli Pen 2013 patrons – pledging US$500 worth of books to the primary and secondary schools with the most submissions. Yay! The winners were St. John’s Catholic Primary and Antigua Girls High School.

We remain thankful for their support…and really for all the work they’re doing to encourage literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda and throughout the region.

On that note, and to the point of this post, I wanted to share what they’ve been doing to reward schools that are leading the way in advancing literacy. Let’s hear it for positive reinforcement!

Congrats (belatedly) to the winners of the Hands Literacy Award for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

Villa Primary in Antigua

“Testament to a Team Effort.
Back in December of 2010 when U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Ina Howe decided to create a borrowing library at Villa Primary, the school had been without a functioning library for 15 years. Howe, along with former school principals Mrs. King and Mrs. James, began raising money for books and getting teachers, parents, local businesses, and craftsmen involved in the project. First, the school’s groundskeeper, Mr. Grotton, helped clear out a room for the library; Mr. Brown from the Ministry of Education had screens put on the windows; former Villa teacher Bernard Mason enlisted the Villa Church of Christ and Hill Crest Church of Christ (in Texas) to donate paint and send a group of Abilene Christian University students in to paint the library; and local artist Edison Liburd painted the library’s murals, with paint donated by H&G Paint. Howe continued her long-distance campaign to raise money from family and friends back home in Oregon, and soon books arrived from the literacy group IACL and from Hands Across the Sea (Hands shipped a total of 1,300 books over two years). Along the way, Villa staff members Mrs. Leah Robinson (Deputy Principal), Mrs. Barbara Christopher (Reading Teacher), and Ms. Delina Graham (Grade K Teacher) were instrumental in bringing the library to life. Villa Primary School’s library was officially opened in November of 2011. One year later, the library’s success has been measured not only by its bright, welcoming appearance and organized bookshelves and reading tables, but by the high number of books read or taken home every week by Villa’s 295 students.
Congratulations, Villa Primary!
Honorable Mentions:
Kids Unlimited Primary School
New Winthorpe Primary School
St. John’s Lutheran School
St. Mary’s Secondary School”

For more, read this report of all their work in Antigua and Barbuda over the past year.

Here are the other Hands award winning schools from elsewhere in the region:

Penville Primary and Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in Dominica

Richfond Combined School and Bon Terre Prep in St. Lucia

Corinth Government School and Grenville Secondary in Grenada

Cane End Government School, Diamond Government School, Stephanie Browne Primary School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tyrell Williams Primary School and Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School in St. Kitts and Nevis

Congrats to them all.

Want to help Hands lend a hand?? You can donate cash, books, or help Hands host a fundraiser. Scroll to the bottom of the link to find out how.

Read other Hands related posts here on Wadadli Pen:

Who’s Hands?

Read Aloud

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Caribbean Awards for Excellence – only two days left

So, I’ve been reading through the booklet for the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence. I thought I’d share some highlights which you’ll need to consider if you intend to make nominations.

There are three awards categories – arts and letters, science and technology, and public and civic contributions.

The winner gets TT$500,000, a medal and a citation at the awards ceremony next April.

This is not intended as a lifetime achievement award; they’re seeking mid-career nominees, ideally, people who still have some work to do, with the prize intended as a way to assist them with continuing that work while serving as models for aspirants in the field.

The process is open; any one can nominate a candidate. A candidate can even nominate him or herself (think of it as applying for a fellowship).

Nominations must be made by August 31st (so, yeah, time’s running out).

Some things to consider though –

Nominees should show a track record of consistently excellent work, work marked by originality, work with the potential to add to the knowledge of the field in which the nominee works. But not only add to the knowledge but serve as models for further work, work with interesting and new ideas specific to the Caribbean and its needs in present and future.

Personality and name are secondary to the nominee’s work and potential, but you’ll need referees willing to speak to the nominees’ record and potential.

There should be potential of future work which (as noted before) could be positively aided by the award.

The nomination form can be found here. If the link doesn’t work, go to www.ansacaribbeanawards.com and take it from there.

Submit by email to anscafe@ansamcal.com

Once the forms are in, they go to country nominating committees for background checks and such. There isn’t one specifically for Antigua – rather we are grouped with the OECS (and the members of that committee hail from St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Grenada, and Dominica). An eminent panel (which includes one well known name from the eastern Caribbean, Dr. Dwight Venner) will decide on the winning candidates once the country nominating committees have whittled the lists.

So that’s it…those are the highlights. Read the whole booklet at your leisure, but don’t take too long. Only two days left.

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The Keva J. Margetson Award


Keva Margetson was an iconic character whose vibrant spirit impacted so many areas from Vitus (the first Catholic mas in the region and its related Cultural Performers reinvigorating and recording traditional Antiguan and Barbudan mas and music)  to corporate communications as a PR dynamo for major clients like (current Wadadli Pen sponsor) ABI; education with initiatives like the ABI Career Affair to Independence; and, as a founding member and first president of the Professional Organization for Women in Antigua and Barbuda, she was an advocate for women and the protection and empowerment of young girls. She wore her love for Antigua on her (puffed and madras’d) sleeve, brought relentless energy to everything she undertook, and was generous towards other women-becoming (I know). With her passing, Antigua and Barbuda lost an agent of change and many women lost a sister, friend, and mentor. Well, her sisters in the Professional Organization for Women in Antigua and Barbuda established a scholarship in her name, extending her legacy.

Per their site(http://powaweb.com/powaanu), “The scholarship is open to women who are pursuing tertiary education in Education, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or Culture ( e.g. Fine Arts). The maximum value of the scholarship is EC$5,000.00 and will be awarded once annually.”

The original May deadline has been extended to June 30th… and I’m just passing it along (as someone who admires both Keva and the work that POWA does)…if you’re a young Antiguan-Barbudan and you’re pursuing studies in any of the named fields, visit the site and learn how to apply.

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Spotlight – Shakeema Edwards

This is Shakeema Edwards collecting the V-Monologues literary prize from Women of Antigua representative Greschen Edwards. The one time literary award coincided with the group’s first staging of the Vagina Monologues. Edwards, a former student of the Antigua Girls High School, has also won other youth writing prizes in Antigua such as the Dancing Nude in the Moonlight next chapter competition (a promotional activity organized by the Best of Books for my second book), Independence literary awards, and a Wadadli Pen prize.

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