Peace Corps Volunteer Olivia Williams discusses her experiences on the Caribbean island of Dominica in new book entitled Poetic Island: Refreshing Expressions from Waitukubli. She candidly reveals how her stay in Dominica taught her how to live a simple and natural life.
It was love at first sight for Olivia Williams, when she — on a university study abroad from the US — visited the Eastern Caribbean. “I dreamed of returning one day after my studies,” she says.
In March of 2003, she was sent as a Peace Corps Volunteer to Dominica, where she facilitated community development and capacity building trainings in the village of Delices. As she lived among the islanders for an entire year, she grew to appreciate the simple gifts that this natural place offered. The Caribbean had dug its teeth deep into this refreshingly intelligent young African American woman. In 2008 she returned to Dominica to host a weekly personal development and coaching program called the Hour of Power on the radio station Q95.
Her experiences are compiled in her second book entitled Poetic Island: Refreshing Expressions From Waitukubilu. It is her view that Dominica offers extraordinary experiences for nature lovers such as diving in coral volcanoes where bubbles lead divers to the black pearl, spending the afternoon viewing the Botanical Gardens that consume a third of the capital city, walking on black sand beaches, drinking fresh water from the Layou River, listening to over 100 species of birds sing or climbing a volcano to the only boiling lake in the western hemisphere. “Poetic Island is Dominica because it evokes impassioned feelings that can only be explained in imaginative words,” states Olivia Williams.
She says, “This book is a gift to Waitukubli for teaching me how to live free and naturally.” Poetic Island, a collection of short stories, is set to be released on January 4, 2011 with an Official Book Launching event in Roseau, Dominica. To find out more about Olivia Williams or Poetic Island visit http://PoeticIsland.com or call 866-690-2666.