University of the Virgin Islands Publishes New Volume of “The Caribbean Writer”

The University of the Virgin Islands recently published the 24th volume of The Caribbean Writer, an annual anthology featuring poetry, short fiction, personal essays, and book reviews from both established and emerging writers from the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora. The Virgin Islands Daily News reports on this new issue and its new editor, Opal Palmer Adisa. See excerpts with a link to the full article below:

The more than 50 literary selections showcased in this year’s almost 400-page literary journal were hand-selected out of 512 submissions received by “The Caribbean Writer.” In addition to almost 300 pages of poetry and short-stories, the edition features more than 20 book reviews of works written by Caribbean writers, as well as a 70-page tribute to Rex Nettleford, Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown, three recently deceased Caribbean intellectuals. [. . .]

Contributing writers include UVI professors Simon Jones-Hendrickson, Gillian Royes, Lomarsh Roopnarine, Valerie Combie and Lucia DiMeo; poets Tregenza Roach, Randy Koch, Lynn Sweeting, Rohan Preston, Orlando Ricardo Menes; fiction writers Barbara Jenkins, Aisha Peters-Francis, Elizabeth Buechner Morris, and many others.

Signing on as editor for Volume 24 is Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, a published writer of poetry, short stories, essays, plays and a novel with over 20 years of experience both as a professor and published writer. Adisa, who holds a PhD in Caribbean and ethnic literature, previously served as a professor at California College of the Arts. Working alongside Managing Editor Quilin Mars, who has been with The Caribbean Writer for 13 years, Adisa says her first year with the publication has been both challenging and inspiring. [. . .]

Volume 24 of Caribbean Writer, which has no theme, captures many aspects of what is means to be of the Caribbean, says Adisa. “I am so thrilled by the work that was submitted, by the strong brave voices that are exploring controversial issues in quiet tones, in livid rage, in vibrant protest; and also by those works that serve to illuminate the best of who we are, that provide a different perspective on old issues of language, etc., that bring us one of our forgotten heroes and that reveal how the culture has sustained them and is helping them to transform others. We are such a brilliant, inventive people, and the works in this issue speak to all sides of who we are and, equally important, who we are striving to yet become,” she said.

Since taking over as editor, Adisa says she has been brimming with ideas, and themes have already been selected for the next two volumes. For the next volume, Volume 25, the theme will be Haiti, with a secondary theme on freedom, which Adisa says speaks to Haiti’s history as the first country in the New World to earn its independence in 1803. Volume 26 will be dedicated to nature and the green movement.

Volume 24 of The Caribbean Writer is available at local bookstores on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, as well as the UVI bookstore. Copies can also be ordered by calling (809) 692-4152, e-mailing or visiting

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