Bocas Lit Fest announces the new online series, “Lit’s Be Real.” The first series will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00pm TT time. Hosted by Amanda Choo Quan and entitled “Building a Lit Community Across Borders,” the program will feature a discussion with Chiwan Choi, an editor and publisher at Writ Large Press, and critically acclaimed poet, arts reporter, and book blogger Shivanee Ramlochan.
On Wednesday 4 November, we debut a brand new online series aimed at introducing Caribbean writers to industry professionals overseas. LIT’S BE REAL takes the form of frank, solution-oriented discussions with editors, educators, agents, and more, hosted by Amanda Choo Quan, the 2020 winner of the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize.
The first episode will livestream on Wednesday 4 November, 2020, from 6 to 7 pm TT time, on our Facebook page. Titled “Building a Lit Community Across Borders,” it will feature a discussion with Chiwan Choi, an editor and publisher at Writ Large Press, an independent literary press based in Los Angeles, California, and partner at the Accomplices, a collective which includes the noted press Civil Coping Mechanisms and Entropy magazine. The conversation will also feature Shivanee Ramlochan, critically acclaimed poet, arts reporter, and book blogger — no stranger to community-building in Trinidad and Tobago.
LIT’S BE REAL runs for a four-episode season every other Wednesday (4 and 18 November, 2 and 16 December, 2020), aiming to follow the arc of a writer’s career. Topics covered will include MFA and academic programmes, pitching and submitting articles to publications, and the troubling question of international audiences misunderstanding a Caribbean writer’s “voice.”