Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime kicks off its Spring 2012 series with a weekend of readings and book signings featuring a dynamic mix of celebrated and emerging writers on March 23 in Brooklyn at St. Francis College with Annette Leach, Glenville Obrian Lovell and Opal Palmer Adisa, and on March 24 in Queens at York College with Earl Lovelace.
The Friday, March 23 program at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St., in Downtown Brooklyn will see Barbadian novelist and playwright, Glenville Obrian Lovell with his latest short story collection Going Home in Chains; Opal Palmer Adisa, the Jamaican-born editor of the literary journal The Caribbean Writer, reading from her novel Painting Away Regrets; and emerging Panamanian-American writer, Annette Leach reading from Song of the Shaman. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
The following afternoon, Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. at York College in Jamaica, Queens, one of the seminal voices of the post-colonial Caribbean literary experience takes center stage. Acclaimed Trinidadian novelist and playwright, Earl Lovelace will read from his latest novel, Is Just A Movie.
Mr. Lovelace’s books include While Gods Are Falling, winner of the BP Independence Award, the Caribbean classic The Dragon Can’t Dance, and Salt, which won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime, is a monthly showcase of creative writers and poets of Caribbean heritage. Now in its sixth season downtown Brooklyn, the York College event represents the program’s inaugural session in Queens.
The series has hosted such Caribbean literary heavyweights as novelist/historian Kamau Braithwaite (Barbados), dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson (UK/Jamaica), novelists E.R. Braithwaite (Guyana), Merle Collins (Grenada); Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad & Tobago) and Commonwealth Prize winner Robert Antoni (Bahamas).
“What is always exhilarating is the tremendous range of life experiences these unquestionably talented writers bring to their work,“ declares Caribbean Cultural Theatre artistic director, E. Wayne McDonald.
“We hope audiences will be as excited, as we are, about wealth of experiences from say a Lovelace or Lovell as with the promise of new voices like Annette Leach,” McDonald said.
For additional information on the Friday, March 23 program with Annette Vendryes Leach (US/Panama), Glenville Lovell (Barbados) and Opal Palmer Adisa (Jamaica) Downtown Brooklyn at St. Francis College, or the Saturday, March 24 session with Earl Lovelace (Trinidad & Tobago) at York College in Jamaica, Queens, contat the Caribbean Cultural Theatre at 718-783-8345 or [email protected].
Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime is a project of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre and is made possible with assistance from Brooklyn Arts Council, Caribbean Research Center -Medgar Evers College, Mosaic Literary Magazine, St. Francis College – Office of Special Events; York College – Office of the Provost.
Poets & Passion continues in Brooklyn on March 28: Leslie Ann Murray (US/Trinidad & Tobago) and Ibi Zoboi (Haiti), April 19: Derrick Arjune (Guyana), The Mailbox Syndrome and Diana McCaulay (Jamaica), Dog-heart, and May 11: Sasha Kamini (Trinidad and Tobago) and Nicole Sealey (Virgin Islands)