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An Open Letter from August Rush concerning the Future of the Expressions Poetry in the Pub Series

This past week Linisa George posted to the Expressions Poetry in the Pub facebook group, an open mic series that has brought many new voices forth over the past seven years, that they were taking a break. The series is produced by August Rush – a professional and artistic partnership between George and Zahra Airall. But they both need a break to pursue other projects. I can relate and the best answer at such times is, I understand. Below is George’s full message (reposted here with her permission).

Linisa George pic 2

Linisa George.

Hey Expressions’ Poets, Patrons, Friends and Family,

We know many of you have been waiting with baited breath for the new season of Expressions: ‘Poetry In The Pub’ to begin. We are eternally grateful for the continued support that both performers and audiences have shared. This is why, with a heavy heart, we announce that we have decided to delay Season 8 of our open mic night. We will be embarking on personal creative projects that will prevent us from efficiently managing Poetry In The Pub over the next year.

We’ve been back and forth on the issue as we struggled with whether to bring Poetry In The Pub to a complete end or turn over the franchise to another entity. We started Expressions because we were passionate about developing and exposing the authentic and unique talents of writers, poets, spoken word artists, musicians, visual artists and other creatives that stretch across the island. After 8 years, we are still committed to that goal.

We would like to shout out Shirlette Thomas and her team at Heavenly Java 2 Go for not only providing us with a home for Expressions, but for also going above and beyond our expectations. Java 2 GO has been our home away from home, and the hospitality and support from Shirlette and her staff fuels that comfort. August Rush would also like to thank Fred and the rest of SpillingInk for providing the sound system equipment for Expressions for the past two years.

We would also like to thank EVERY performer that has stepped on stage, especially our regulars who’ve been with us from the beginning. We’ve watched so many of you step up to the mic and find your light and voices. From becoming authors of multiple publications, to gracing the stages locally and regionally, to branching off and developing your own creative initiatives, it brings us immense joy to see each of you flourish. We remain forever committed to supporting and spotlighting your amazingness. To the attentive audience members that show up every month to cheer on the artists in addition to our numerous supporters and private sponsors and donors, you form part of the development of the art and culture scene in Antigua and Barbuda. Your support is invaluable.

Expressions Poetry In The Pub will return on Tuesday 9th October, 2018. During that time our Facebook page and Twitter will remain active sharing literary news and happenings from across the island. Our Expressions: Poetry In The Pub group will remain open to all the blogger, poets, spoken words artists who want to share their work. All three pages will still be managed by us.

Although we will be on hiatus for a year, there are still many opportunities for you to get your creative fix. Please don’t forget to support the Wadadli Pen Open Mic which happens ever 2nd Saturday in the month at The Best of Books Bookstore. Do check out The Captain’s Monthly Wine-tasting & Poetry at the Captain’s Quarters Restaurant & Bar which begins on Wednesday 29th of November, where you can enjoy performances from many of our Expressionists. We are also looking forward to the 5th anniversary of Soothe happening early 2018.

Thank you all for your patience as we made the decision to take this year break. Your understanding is greatly appreciate. We will be back, better than ever, with an even greater experience for everyone.

‘Til then, continue to make loud and beautiful Expressions!!!

Linisa x Zahra
August Rush Productions Co-Founders


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The Sonnet Explained

Hey guys, how have you been? I’m taking a poetry class this semester and it’s so much fun. I’m learning a lot about the history of various forms, reading so many great pieces I never would have found myself as well as experimenting with these new mediums. I thought I’d ‘briefly’ share what I’m learning […]

via Briefly: Sonnets — maggy liu

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From the Mailbox – New VI Collection


The anthology comprises poetry from 26 poets, including Eileene L. Parsons, Patricia Turnbull, Verna Penn Moll, Natalio Wheatley (Sowande Uhuru), Richard Georges, Quincy Lettsome, Traci O’Dea, Joe O’Neill, Adell Semper, Giovanni Herbert, Kamaal Lettsome, Jennie Wheatley, Beverly Donovan, Nia Douglas, Leslie Cramer, Bobbi Fawcett, Tracy A. Christopher,  Daiikiru Maximillion (Errol Percival), Lavanta ‘Artful’ Thompson, Brandon Tang, Diana Stewart- Walker, Juana France, Jaedia Smith, Kimberly M. Cordes, April Glasgow and Osario Norman.

Launched in November 2016, it is a product of House of Nehesi Publishers based in St. Martin/St. Maarten. The Where I See the Sun series also includes Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin, published in 2013 and Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla, published in 2015.


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Show Me by November Child

I need you to show me, show me the little boy trapped inside the man. Show me the spring he got his first dog, the wildness when they played. Show me the summer he learned to swim, the sting of chlorine in his eyes. Show me the autumn he first rode his bike, the wind […]

via Show Me — november child

And here’s my prose fiction response to the same prompt, Empath.

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“Every October the frights, terror and fear come to mind, lets not talk about that…directly. This month we’ll be sharing secrets, don’t be shy now, we promise it will be fun! Secret fear? Secret Joy? Secret Love? Whats your little secret? Hmmm?”

This is the teaser for the next Wadadli Pen Open Mic. Are you there?

Place: The Best of Books, St. Mary’s Street, St. John’s, Antigua.
Date: October 10th 2015.
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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She Wanted a Love Poem

she wanted a love poem

“It’s on, my first book launch where I will be signing the print edition of She Wanted A Love Poem and introducing Saving Babylon. It will be at The Best of Books on Saturday 13th, at 7pm”

– Kimolisa Mings

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You don’t want to miss this!

Okay, yes, that headline was shameless bait. It’s true though. If you have subscribed to or visit this site regularly, I have to assume you have some interest in Antiguan and Barbudan literature. Well, nearly a year ago I was asked to edit an Antigua and Barbuda issue of the online Caribbean platform Tongues of the Ocean. And here it is finally.

Cover image Summer One by Glenroy Aaron inspired by Summer 1, a poem by Joanne C Hillhouse.

Cover image Summer One by Glenroy Aaron inspired by Summer 1, a poem by Joanne C Hillhouse.

Actually, at this point, you’ll find the art roundtable, Dr. Hazra Medica’s discourse on Antiguan and Barbudan literature, my introduction to the issue, and the cover art above. But content will be added every week until the entire issue is online so keep checking back, and please share.

While I’m bending your ear, I’ll share a couple of new developments…

I’ve been named to the selection panel for the 2015 Burt Award for which I was a 2014 finalist. Be sure to get your entries in by October 24th 2014.

My first ever fairytale With Grace was one of two honorable mentions in the Desi Writers Lounge short story contest and may be published.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight,  Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.



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