E. Wayne McDonald, director of Caribbean Cultural Theatre has announced an impressive list of Caribbean authors who will headline their works, that the artists said would take patrons on a Journey of (Re)Discovery into Caribbean Literary Classics Old and New, during WorldFest, an afternoon-long literary event on Sunday 11, from 12 noon to 7 pm, at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, New York.
One of the nation’s youngest writers, nine-year-old Anaya Lee of Guyanese heritage, will be among greats like, Commonwealth Prize winning novelist, Robert Antoni, Forward Prize winning poet, Tiphanie Yanique, bestselling author, Nicle Dennis Benn, Winter Olympian bobsledder and children’s book author, Devon Harris, and Guyanese-born, Derrick J. Jeffrey, author of East River New York, a non-fiction that takes place in the United Nations.
According to McDonald, this coming together of authors, readers and literary curious is produced by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, as part of its Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime, is being presented in partnership with Restoration ARTS, and will celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month.
The star-studded celebration of the frequently overlooked literary legacy of the Caribbean’s cultural milieu consists of workshops and panel discussions, storytelling and open mic sessions, author presentations for adult and younger readers, book exhibits, and spoken word performances will celebrate the past and future of Caribbean literature.
The festival will begin with a Moko Jumbies (stilt walkers), presentation by the acclaimed Brooklyn-based Tropicalfete on the Young Readers stage with multi-talented author, Opal Palmer Adisa, for a reading of her children’s book, “Look! Moko Jumbie.” Former bobsledder, Devon Harris will be joined by members of the Jamaica Bobsled team to the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games for a reading of “Yes; I Can,” courtesy of Tower Isles Foods and Blue Mango, LLC.
The festival is part of the 10th anniversary season of Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime, a project of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, WORD! – in partnership with RestorationART and made possible, in part, with funds from Humanities New York, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs including partnerships with the City Council, Poets & Writers, Inc., and Friends of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre.
Committed to highlighting the diversity of expressions within the Caribbean literary experience WordFest will also feature artist-led round table conversations aimed at the professional development of emerging writers and positioning their work as part of a larger conversation on culture and society.
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