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Caribbean Cultural Theatre’s Caribbean Lit Fest is coming up in June – Caribbean American Heritage Month – and will celebrate Caribbean Literary Classics, Old and New!

The afternoon-long program in New York has activities for book lovers of all ages of readings, author signings and discussion, as well as film screenings based on the work of Caribbean literary pioneers. It promises new venues, new programs, new writers (including Antigua and Barbuda’s Cray Francis), and new stories.

In the tri-state area? Go here for the breakdown.

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Arts Round-up (August 27th 2016—>)

October 5th 2016 art show at the AYC Event Centre will feature the works of GuavadeArtist, Jan Farara, Jennifer Meranto, Angela Stenzel, and Maria Tyrrell. More here.


Zahra I Airall’s Zee’s Youth Theatre is back after a long hiatus. Zee’s Youth Theatre is open to young people between the ages of 11 and 16. Under the motto “changing the world one scene at a time”, the main objective is to create a healthy and safe environment where young people can express themselves through the performing arts, mainly using the elements of drama. This will also be an excellent forum to allow them a platform to unleash and showcase their creativity to explore issues affecting young people, in hopes of raising awareness. “Drama has always played an integral part in my life. I was born into it, and I had the privilege of working under the direction of renowned stroyteller and director Amina Blackwood-Meeks as a child. Drama not only instills discipline, but sharpens the mind, forces creativity and critical thinking, while building confidence, public speaking skills and developing social and interpersonal skills that are paramount to a successful foundation as a student and professional.” – Zahra I Airall. Classes will be held on Mondays from 5-6:30pm at the Antigua Girls’ High School auditorium, for the academic year 2016-2017, with the exclusion of public holidays, for a total of 30 weeks. There will be a fee of XCD$350 to be paid each term. The first term’s fee will be due by October 3rd; second term by January 16th; and third term by April 24th. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Zahra Airall at 779-6634 (call or whatsapp) or email byziaproductions@gmail.com. Spaces are limited so register your child/children as soon as possible.


I’m late posting this one but hopefully it’s not for you to participate. Or to start your own writing challenge. No time to get started like today, right?



Meanwhile, in New York (if you’re there)


The Caribbean Cultural Theatre which is behind the above event also reports that the visiting writers doing work for younger readers will for the first time be having readings for elementary and middle school students in Brooklyn and the Bronx thanks to partnerships with Brooklyn Public Library, Caribbean Research Center – Medgar Evers College, Jamaica Progressive League, and the Marcus Garvey School for making these possible.  A meeting with Caribbean-American educators is also planned. On September 18th 2016, these and other writers are expected to spend time during the day under the CCT tent at the Festival marketplace – Booth 533 (Beside Borough Hall at Joralemon & Adam Sts).

Read of other stateside Caribbean-arts activities this month, here.


September 4th 2016 – Let’s Paint Antigua

Paint your own Picture

image from facebook.com/letspaintantigua

Two hour session creating one-of-a-kind art pieces in the company of others at a popular bar or restaurant (Russell’s Fort James) – 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – EC$70 per person – Rules: drink wine and have fun, do not compare paintings, do not use words like “mine don’t look good”, do not let someone else paint for you, do finish your painting, do feel proud of your painting, do come again, do tell your friends how much fun you had. To register, contact 724-9043 or letspaintantigua@gmail.com



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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
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ADMISSION: $10 – adults.  $5.00 – seniors/students.  Free – children under 12yrs

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Just Passing It On – Word!

WORD! Poster - NK36 writers (novelists, poets; storytellers); 16 countries (and territories if you include Puerto Rico); 7 states (if you include Puerto Rico); 6 hours (more if you’re a volunteer); 4 boroughs (we’ll find someone from Staten Island one day); 3 platforms (including special for young readers)….
We’re counting down to what will undoubtedly be a fascinating celebration of heritage, creativity and insight.
WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest
“Islands in the City”
Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Sunday, June 8, 2014.
2 – 8pm
DONATION: $10 – adults.  $5.00 – children


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