We are sad to report that, as Trinidadian-Bahamian poet Christian Campbell informs us, the inaugural Kamau Brathwaite Poetry Festival, originally scheduled for May 2019 in Barbados, to celebrate the author’s “world-changing, world-making art and thought as well as his 89th birthday (May 11)” has been cancelled due to financial constraints.
However, as an excellent alternative for now, Campbell proposes: “But why don’t we bring the festival to cyberspace? For the month of July and beyond, let’s post Kamau Brathwaite poems, excerpts, quotes from essays, books, et al to celebrate one of the truly great poets and thinkers of our time. What might happen to the world if we flood the internet with KB’s words? The genius of his work is driven by a colossal love—let’s give some back to him. Please use the hashtag #kamaubrathwaitefestival and forward to all social media magicians.”
We love this idea and hope you share it far and wide!