Our Blog

Welcome to our Repeating Islands blog–a site for information and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts.

 Our use of the title of Antonio Benítez Rojo’s influential text, The Repeating Island, for the name of our blog represents both our tribute to a lost friend and a simple way of defining our audience–those scholars and readers whose interests focus on pan-Caribbean literatures and cultures. We welcome your comments and contributions.

Please note that this is a project intended to bring the broader Caribbean community closer through the sharing of news and information that transcends the linguistic divide in the region. It is a labor of love supported partially by our institutions in the form of student assistants. Therefore, we do not accept advertisements nor will we in the future. We thank you for understanding.

Our banner is taken from Gesner Abelard’s Agwe-Ta-Royau (1955), from Jonathan Demme’s collection of Haitian paintings.

250 thoughts on “Our Blog

  1. Hi,
    Tried to find an email contact instead of posting but it escapes me.

    Just wanted to let you know that the poet Millicent Graham in the calabash blog is from Jamaica. the article mentioned a bajan poet, but that is Ester Phillips.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. Of course, you’re right. I got the wires crossed there and wil make the correction.

      1. Hi, Lisa, I’m doing a final paper for a Poetry course and I need to find scholarship on Jacqueline Bishop’s Fauna and Snapshots and Olive Senior’s Gardening in the Tropics. Has anything been written here in this publication on this or on Caribbean women? I need to read what other writers have published on them and on the topic of Caribbean women and although I have found some citations, I am not very good at getting the whole citation, I usually just get a chunk of it before I am asked to purchase the article.

        This is for my doctoral studies at the University of Puerto Rico.

      2. I am trying to get in touch with Sonia Crescioni regarding scholarship on Jacqueline Bishop.

      3. I am interested in this blog, but can’t figure out how to follow it. Have you included the “follow blog” option so that subscribers can get an email after new posts are made?

        Audra Diptee

      4. Yes, we did. But a few other readers have not been able to find it either. We will look into this. Thank you. IR

      5. Dear Lisa, Gabriel Christian here. I bought your book on Dominica’s Phyllis Shand Allfrey years ago at the University of Maryland College Park Campus, book store. It was an excellent piece. I share with you that during WW II she worked alongside Royal Air Force flyers from Dominica such as Edward Scobie Darymple) and Ulric Cross from Trinidad about whom more can be found here http://www.caribbeanaircrew-ww2.com. I knew Mrs. Allfrey as a child when visiting her favorite place, the Roseau Public Library which was a gift of Andrew Carnegie. We pay tribute to the Roseau Free Library as it was called then here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc1mElByzsA.

        We are very pleased with your work which has spotlighted the Caribbean in general, but the strong women and innovative people from our islands who have made many contributions to humanity.

        Maybe one day we can do a lecture on Ms. Allfrey and Eugenia Charles (who were allies), along with the assistance of Polly Patullo who has done much to keep her literary works alive.

        Keep up the good work!

        God Bless

        Gabriel Christian

    2. Continual Blessings: I am king: Arthur, Selassie

      I am a poet, drumer, and a Bingi- Man.

      It is Good to see the Springs of Bob reaching out to the international community for more creativity along the gravel road that symbolized the essence of Mr. Rasta Marley.
      Bob influenced me and my songs and he continues to be the bridge that gaps the gray area of society that frowns on the upright Ethiopian.

      Nuff Blessings/ Cotinue to reach/teach what you know of
      Mr. Rasta Marley!

      Ps. I am related to Peter Machintosh of the The Whalers. my Pops comes from Clark’s Town; In Trelawny.

      One/Love Fr. King Arthur Selassie
      Add. Rootsarthur@aol.com

    3. Hello,
      I’m a Jamaican author who recently published a novella. I’m seeking press.
      Below is a link for a book trailer.


  2. Hello,

    Im with the Downtown Film Festival and tomorrow we will be showing a movie by Euzhan Palcy called Aime Cesaire. I wanted to know if you would be interested to cover the film and after party, in Downtown Los Angeles tomorrow night.

    Jeff H.

  3. I just discovered this site, and, as a writer, I think it’s a good resource and will return. I wanted to find out about making announcements and perhaps submitting books for review as my book The Boy from Willow Bend is being re-released this year. Is there an email contact? Or perhaps you could email me? I’d like to connect.

    1. I very happy to to on the carribben curise but i am not legal in Barbados please answer my question when i leave barbados it is possible for me to get in the island back.

      Thank you


  4. Been badly let down with transfer arrangements – arriving in St Kitts on 21 Nov 16:25 and need to get to St Barth’s. Flight out to St Maarten’s after UK flight arrives , is too late to use either ‘plane or ferry from St Maarten’s to St Barth’s.
    Any ideas please on how to get to St Barth’s fro St Kitt’s.????
    thank you.

  5. I am from the caribbean, and have always been driven by our nations- all of our nations cultural mix. However the troubling issue that always remains fresh in my minds is – how often we let our mix serve as dividing wall between oursleves. The colour of our skin has always been a problem we seemly tend to ingnore. With this notion in mind I am penning my first book.

  6. Lisa please contact me I have a story about a Rastafarian whos musical choices are creating a new genre of music and he’s #12 on the JA charts and has a new video called “Back Broke.” I would like to talk to you…

  7. I am proud to announce that “Air MarBrisa” has opened a new branch in Miami specializing in travel to Cuba known as AMB Travel a Destination Management Company. AMB Travel will now be able to assist you not just with your “cargo transportation” but with all of your travel needs as well!

    AMB is a Travel Agency and Destination Management Company that specializes in travel to Cuba. Whether your visit to the island is of a cultural, humanitarian, or business nature, AMB will work with you to develop the most efficient itinerary possible so you can maximize your time there.

    AMB Travel is located at 801 Madrid St, Suite 201, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (on the corner of SW 8th Street & 53rd Avenue).

    Please feel free to contact us via email mcosta@ambcuba.com, laura@ambcuba.com or katy@ambcuba.com or call us at 305.443.0417.

  8. Hi, I’m an author, and am quite excited to find such a vibrant online Caribbean literary community! My book, Legend of the Swan Children, was published by Macmillan Caribbean, as part of its new Island Fiction Series for teens and tweens. It hit the stores in the Caribbean and the U.K. in February 2009, and online stores a month or two before that. I’m really curious to know whether the marketing to-date has been very effective, and would like to ask how many of you good literary folks are actually aware of the launching of this new series? Looking forward to hearing from you!

  9. Hi, I’m an author, and am quite excited to find such a vibrant online Caribbean literary community! My book, Legend of the Swan Children, was published by Macmillan Caribbean, as part of its new Island Fiction Series for teens and tweens. It hit the stores in the Caribbean and the U.K. in February 2009, and online stores a month or two before that. I’m really curious to know whether the marketing to-date has been very effective, and would like to ask how many of you good literary folks are actually aware of the launching of this new series? Looking forward to hearing from you!


  10. Hi:
    We’ll post the book for our readers and perhaps you will get some answers about their previous knowledge of the book. COngratulations.

    1. I agree,this picture is full of life and color like us caribbean people.

      By the the way, a new book has been just released in St.Vincent by Kathy Martin-” Set in Stone” published (2011) by the St.Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust. This book is a must-read for students of Caribbean History and Archeology; full of photos of numerous petroglyphs dating back to A D 100 and 1450. it is amazing; my ancestory written in stone. i could cry with joy!!!!!!!!!!

  11. What do you guys think about this Medical Marijuana Educational Expo?

    Got this message from Bruce Perlowin “The King Of Pot” http://www.bruceperlowin.com

    I’m proud to announce a new exciting series of events as Medical Marijuana, Inc’s Educational Expo kicks off the new year in the Los Angeles Convention Center presenting another solution for this emerging industry where anyone in any city in America can participate in the business model. I just wanted to get the word out as soon as possible for the new year: http://medicalmarijuanaeducationalexpo.com. Spread the word far and wide and Happy New Year.

  12. This is Great!

    Medical Marijuana, Inc’s Educational Expo has a buy one ticket get one free to their Medical Marijuana Business Expo. They are going to teach you how to get in the Medical Marijuana business, how to grow medical marijuana and more: hxxp://medicalmarijuanaeducationalexpo.com.

    Spread the word far and wide.

  13. Just dropping by to say that this platform is a wonderful project. Very informative! It gives very good snapshots of the Caribbean diversity across many interesting narratives. Keep it up

  14. Haiti-Earthquake : Mondomix create an exclusive support compilation


    On the 12th of January 2010, a violent earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and its surrounding areas, killing more than 100,000 Haitians and injuring many more, as well as destroying most of the region’s buildings.

    This compilation presents a panorama of Haitian music, from the great classics (Toto Bissainthe) to field recordings, folk and voodoo funk.


    The album has been created to assist in the country’s reconstruction.

    The proceeds will be shared between two NGOS : AlterPresse, an independent news agency (for more information -http://mymondomix.com/alterpresse) and the Haiti Culture Network (for more information –
    http://mymondomix.com/reseauculturehaiti )

    Related Artists : Adjabel, Toto Bissainthe, Bélo, Carimi, Mélissa Laveaux, Carlton Rara

  15. Estimada Lisa:
    Mi nombre es Janisette, he visitado su blog, buscando información sobre el premio otorgado al artista plástico cubano Mearson Daniel, y me ha sorprendido muy gratamente los artículos publicados sobre nuestra cultura.
    Actualmente radico en Toronto, me gustaría visitara nuestro sitio http://www.oleoscuba.com, que promueve artistas plásticos cubanos. Cualquier sugerencia al sitio será bienvenida y si de alguna forma pudiéramos colaborar en la promoción de estos artistas, se lo agradeceríamos igualmente.

  16. I’d like to let you know about a new Puerto Rican author, Andres Torres.

    The only child of deaf Puerto Rican migrants, Andres Torres grew up in New York City in a large, extended family that included several deaf aunts and uncles. In his new book “Signing in Puerto Rican: A Hearing Son and His Deaf Family”, he opens a window into the little known culture of deaf Latinos chasing the American dream. Like many children of deaf adults (codas), Torres loved his parents deeply but also longed to be free from being their interpreter to the hearing world. Torres’s story is unique in that his family communicated in three languages. The gatherings of his family reverberated with ‘deaf talk”, in sign, Spanish, and English. What might have struck outsiders as a strange chaos of gestures and mixed spoken languages was just normal for his family.

    Torres describes his early life as one of conflicting influences in his search for identity. His parents’ deep involvement in the Puerto Rican Society for the Catholic Deaf led him to study for the priesthood. He later left the seminary as his own ambitions took hold. Torres became very active in the Puerto Rico independence movement against the backdrop of the civil rights struggle and protest against the Vietnam War. Throughout these defining events, Torres’s journey never took him too far from his deaf Puerto Rican family roots and the passion of arms, hands, and fingers filling the air with simultaneous translation and understanding.

    Andres Torres works as a researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.

    For more information about the book, visit:


  17. I’d like to bring your attention to the publication of a short story collection featuring 2 Caribbean authors and others from the African diaspora. Bloodlines – Tales From The African Diaspora has 14 stories and is available at Amazon, Smashwords and on the Kindle.

    The book is brought to you by MyAfricanDiaspora.com


  18. Could someone at this website please email me the name of beautiful painting used in the header of this blog together with the name of the artist? I would like to learn more about this work of art and the artist who created it. Your kind cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  19. Could someone at this website please email me the name of beautiful painting used in the header of this blog together with the name of the artist? I would like to learn more about this work of art and the artist who created it. Your kind cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  20. I found the reference to the artist and the title of the paiting in the banner. No reply is necessary to my previous inquiry.

      1. Lisa could you help me with a copy or print of this banner
        Gesner Abelard’s Agwe-Ta-Royau (1955),

      2. Lisa,would you also please send me a copy of the complete image of the painting in the banner

  21. Dear Ivette and Lisa,

    We were pleasantly surprised to find the Jerusalem Post article on our Haiti connection on your blog. We very much would like to connect with you regarding our endeavor: THE SHOAH HAITI LEGACY PROJECT.

    The following links will give you a little more information on the subject of Haiti and the Jews.
    Montreal Gazette http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Honouring+Haiti+courage/2668499/story.html

    Canadian Jewish News
    http://www.cjc.ca/2010/03/17/exhibit-highlights-haiti’s-heroism-in-holocaust/ .

    We have just started our own new blog: http://haitiholocaustsurvivors.wordpress.com/

    With our very best wishes for continued success,

    Bill & Harriet Mohr

  22. Hello everyone,
    My name is Steve Hyppolite aspiring author from the Miami/Hollywood Fl. area. Check out my debut novel, A Warrior’s Passage. It is a Sci-fi/Mystery for young adults and it has a diverse cast of characters in pivotal roles with a compelling story. It’s a modern day adventure that parallels two cultures (Haitian & Native American) in the beleif of the supernatural. It will be featured in the July edition of Uptown magazine and is the book of the month at the black science fiction society’s website. I’ve received many features, but I really need the support with a novel that includes us. I thank you all for your time and I’ve included a link where my novel is available on-line for inquiries and purchases.


    Paintings by Cuban American Artist Jose Acosta

    Opening Reception Saturday, July 24, 2010 From 5-8 p.m. at G.A.S. (Gallery And Studio) This is a free event that Jose Acosta and his family will create so that the whole community can attend and enjoy beautiful Art, Live Music and Great Food Music by “La Orquesta de Los Taino” 196 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tel 845-486-4592 http://www.galleryandstudio.org Exhibition will be at G.A.S. from July 17th to August 7th

  24. Lisa – how do I send Repeating Islands the press release of the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair?
    Thanks, Polly

  25. The Adopt Haiti Project in partnership with the Richmond Red Cross are hosting an Adopt Haiti Family and Friends Day Cookout Sunday September 26th with special guest, Miss Haiti Universe Sarodj Bertin. The event is sponsored by Foothold World Wide, Bon Secours, Virginia State University, and the Crown Plaza Hotel.

  26. Hello-
    I work for the education correspondent for PBS NewsHour. We are working on stories about education and Haiti and a feature on Edwidge Dandicat. I would love to share the stories with you once they are up – is there an email for submissions/ story ideas? I couldn’t find one on the site.

    Thank you,
    Amanda Morales

  27. Hi! I want to know if you can recommend books on Caribbean arts (including PR, Sto. Domingo and Cuba). Thanks!

    1. Hello,
      Well, it is difficult to recommend without a better idea of what you are looking for, specifically, but you may want to use the search capabilities of the blog and find information about various art books. In general terms, I recommend Veerle Poupeye’s Caribbean Art. I will send you an email message so that you can explain in a bit more detail what you need.

  28. An outlet for ‘Heart of Haiti’ artisan gifts
    Tequila Minsky
    Creating on-going sustainable jobs in Haiti is a herculean task and necessary for an economic base so that people can live humane lives. In spite of almost no tourism in the past decade compounded by the devastation of January’s earthquake, over 240 artisans in Haiti are selling their goods and experiencing a steady income stream.
    Fairwinds Trading’s founder Willa Shalit believes in trade not aid and had been invited by the Clinton Foundation to help jump start the artisan sector in Haiti.
    “The creativity in Haiti is widely powerful,” says Shalit who linked up with Brandaid, an organization working with artisans in Haiti.
    Now with Macy’s as a partner and outlet, a wider public will have access to buy vibrantly decorated papier-mache vases and painted trays from Jacmel, metal worked picture frames, fruit bowls, and pendants from Croix des Bouquets, and quilted potholders, oven mitts and cosmetic bags from Citi Soleil women quilters.
    “For $10, people can own something from Haiti and it can help support artists there.” Shalit notes, “You don’t have to be a foundation, everybody can help Haiti, own a piece and connect.”
    Last week, Macy’s launched their International Gifting Centers in New York and Miami, a gift corner in the home décor departments. By the end of October, 25 Macy’s stores will carry the Heart of Haiti line plus ‘Rwanda Path to Peace’ items.
    Designer J. went to Haiti in May, met with the artisans, and developed samples—a collaboration of the indigenous vision and craft techniques, and a retail market. “It is totally from the Haitian aesthetic,” Shalit commented, “We suggested shapes and sizes. It’s like bringing the market to the product, what may appeal to a greater audience.”
    Shipping began in mid-August.
    Jacmel, two hours south of Port-au-Prince, is known for its fabulous carnival with creative costumes and papier-mache masks, and was heavily damaged by the earthquake. The artisans, using their craft techniques, are making vases, bowls, and other decorative items. They work outside, storing their creations in tents–the earthquake destroyed their studios and homes. Shalit suggests that hopefully, with the money from these orders they can get out of their tents. Brandaid received a grant from Clinton Bush Foundation to help rebuild the workshops.
    Well-known metal artist from Croix des Bouquets Serge Jolimeau whose beautifully crafted metal items are for sale and Sister Angela, who works with the women quilters in Citi Soleil, attended the Manhattan launch. Haitian diva Emeline Michel sang with her musicians. Haitians and friends of Haiti celebrated the launch and were spotted buying their favorite gift items. The accompanying website is: http://bit.ly/haitianartisans.
    Opening in time for the holiday season, the Centers will continue as an on-going part of Macy’s. Fairwinds Trading is working on its spring line of items.
    Shalit acknowledges that in times of crisis aid is necessary, but in countries where people live on just a few dollars a day, Fairwinds Trading helps establish a market for artisan products creating on-going income-producing jobs; she started with basket makers in Rwanda. Other partners in this sustainable business model of trade not aid are PQ2 Peacequilters and Gahaya Links.

  29. I would like to bring to your notice this new book, while not your typical Caribbean story but based in West Africa, the origins of most Caribbean people,

    Fuelling the Delta Fires
    Based on the real life situation in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, Fuelling the Delta Fires is a 134,000-word expose and action adventure novel revealing why there is turmoil in the world’s sixth largest crude oil exporter.

    Chief Tom-George is a corrupt local politician and the governor of Western Ijaw State. Under Nigeria’s military dictatorship, Chief Tom-George served as Nigeria’s petroleum minister and made tidy sums of money from a combination of kickbacks and outright crude embezzlement.

    With the transition to democracy and elections looming, Chief Tom-George decides that he wants to be governor of his state and decides to go about building up a support base. To “spread his message” across the state, the Ijaw chief buys the services of Mene Bene, the leader of the largest youth militant group the Niger Delta Liberation Movement (NDLM).

    In exchange for cash, Bene ensures that Chief Tom-George’s opponents are harassed, that his political rivals are beaten up and threatens communities that refuse to back his man’s National Umbrella Party. However, once he was sworn in as governor, Chief Tom-George no longer needed Bene and the NDLM, so they had a problem.

    To compound the crisis, the NDLM was getting more militant as with its main source of revenue now cut off, it resorts to kidnapping as a means of raising funds to sustain its operations. What started off as a little bit of mischief, soon grew into a multi-million dollar industry as NDLM found out that oil companies were willing to pay handsome sums for the return of the expatriate workers.

    Although the Nigerian Army scored several successes in clashes with the militants and eventually arrested Bene, the problem did not stop. All that happened was that the NDLM fractured into local groups, with each controlling its own “territory.” Before long, a class of millionaire kidnappers has emerged.

    Meanwhile, the poor people of the Niger Delta, never see one penny of all the ransom money that changes hands. Their creeks remain polluted, their villages stay inaccessible and social amenities like electricity and pipe-borne water remained dreams.

    Chief Tom-George and other Ijaw “elders” milk the crisis in the Niger Delta to the fullest. They get the federal government to increase derivation from oil earnings to 13% from 3% for the Delta’s nine oil-producing states, dramatically increased the quota of appointments they get in the federal government and always have first refusal when the head of a security agency or a government parastatal is up for grabs.

    This dramatic book and potential blockbuster, also gives a real live account of the experience of Alan Ward, a kidnapped British oil worker. Alan is held on the isolated and desolate delta island of Epeleama, which was originally built by the Portuguese but is now uninhabited.

    Unlike any other book before, Fuelling the Delta Fires also takes the reader through the travails of Mene Bene, the NDLM leader. It profiles the man, looks at his persona, his childhood and orientation that led to him taking up arms against the government and oil companies. The book also looks at the conflicts of interest he wrestles with as his split loyalty to his political masters, money and his people often pulls him in different directions.

    Fuelling the Delta Fires ends with Chief Tom-George’s ambitions to run for the presidency of Nigeria in tatters. He is the front runner until at the last minute, the rug is pulled from under his feet when a litany of his corrupt deals are read out to him a day before the ruling party selects its presidential candidate. Faced with the threat of standing down or being indicted, he does the former and watches on helplessly as the prize slips from his grasp.

  30. Is everything OK with you, Ivette and Lisa?? I have not read any postings since election day November 28th; and the last date here above is Oct. 23rd. I thought for sure that I got postings by e-mail after Oct 23rd. Since I suscribe by e-mail, I have not been to the web site directly. I am going to Haiti (my first trip there) from December 14th to Jan 17th. Anyone is welcome to communicate with me about the various projects, initiated in Africa and India between 2005 and 2009, which I will be inaugurating in Haiti to support redevelopment and leadership training projects in Haiti

    1. Hello: We’ve been posting steadily and have not stopped. Perhaps there is something wrong with the email delivery. Have a wonderful and productive trip. We will be looking forward to hearing about your projects. IR

  31. The book Jamaican Gold: Jamaican Sprinters is awesome. I did not know that the same sort of shoes worn by a Jamaican doctor on a banana boat to set an Olympic record in London in 1948 look like the pair Usain used to set 3 world record in Beijing in 2008. You must read about the differences and sameness between Jamaica and USA sprinters in an article called charting ancestry from Africa. The book is easy to read and I predict will be a Caribbean best seller. A pyschiatrist wrote a simple funny article that Jamaicans run for everything, their lives and they also try to run everything . This article is so apt and funny. Awesome, just awesome book. It is a Caribbean book

  32. Dear Ivette and Lisa,

    All the best for 2011! I’m happy to see the site growing steadily in great news and traffic, and I plan to be contributing relevant cultural news from Aruba soon. Thanks again!

  33. Congratulations on 2nd birthday. Your eclectic postings are very welcome. There are so few sources of pan-Caribbean news and there will be even fewer when the BBC annihilates its Caribbean service. So thanks so much.

  34. Adorei esse blog,há algum tempo venho procurando algo que destacasse as culturas caribenha e princilpalmente a do Haiti.Necessito conhecer a cultura desse povo.obrigado!

  35. Hello,

    Just wanted to drop some love again! Thank you so much for this blog. I love every post; especially the ones about the Bahamas 🙂


  36. Dear Repeatingislands,

    There’s an interesting story in the Guardian that you and your readers might find interesting:

    Richard Prince ordered to destroy lucrative artwork in copyright breach

    US federal judge rules against Gagosian gallery and Prince for unfair use of ‘appropriated’ Cariou rastafarian images


    Thank you for all your work on this wonderful blog!


  37. Would you be so kind to post the following on your blog? Follow the links. If you need further information, please do let me know

    1. Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog) – a day of literary fare, Saturday May 28, 2011. Part of the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival (www.treasurebeach.net/BreadBasketFestival)

    2. Hanging out with Mervyn Morris (http://2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog/?p=35) – spend a weekend (July 30-31)in the company of one of Jamaica’s foremost poets. Have your work critiqued by him, learn from his experience. Maximum 16 persons. 6 rooms still available.

    3. Hanging out with Cecil Cooper (http://2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog/?p=132) – spend a weekend (April 30-May 1)in the company of one of Jamaica’s foremost artists. Have your work critiqued by him, learn from his experience. Maximum 16 persons. 6 rooms still available.

    Christine Marrett
    Two Seasons Guest House
    Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
    Tel: 876-571-0818
    “Where the welcome is warm and the runnings cool”
    Registered with the Jamaica Tourist Board
    Member, Jamaica Association of Villas and Apartments

  38. What a great blog !.
    I am researching for a project on traditional sailing boats of the Virgin Islands.
    Would any one out there have any old photographs ,or even better, film footage of VI sailing boats—sloops or schooners ?

    Thank you for your any suggestions


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  40. This blog is what my heart yearned for as I love art but sadly am not very educated in The Arts. What I do ask for, to get to the point, is a poster of the ad for Aime Cesaire Lam/Picasso showing. It would so special if I could give it to my Cuban husband as a gift after having it framed. He is now 69 years old and has not returned to Cuba since 1961. I hope this is possible. Please advise.

  41. Bon Tardi Repeating Islands, I’ve written a critique about the film project Tula the Revolt.
    Could you contact me to check if I can submit it?


    Jermain Ostiana

    1. Dear Mr. Ostiana,
      What a coincidence that today I had been researching this upcoming film and just added a post on it! Please feel free to send us your review with a link to where it has been published so that our readers may access the original article. Thank you.

  42. Dear Repeating island, I love your blog and have been following for the past year. Thanks so much for your hard work! I have just published a book on Higglers (women street vendors) in Kingston Jamaica, can you please tell me how I can submit the title to your list of new books on the Caribbean?

    All best,

    Winnifred Brown-Glaude

  43. Hi there, lovely site … I found you because we seem to have Haitian Primitive Art in common … tho’ my post is a tad smaller than your site’s great info. Please check out WWCL’s Caribbean Meditation, Day 21 for a (very) brief note about the Primitives. All the best …

  44. Dear Lisa and Ivette — I am hoping you can post an announcement about our upcoming fanon commemoration – The Fanon Symposium: Remembering the Life and Work of Frantz Fanon, featuring Mireille Fanon-Mendes France.

    This 3-day event is a commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of cultural and political icon, Frantz Fanon.

    The symposium kicks-off with a screening of “Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work.” Frantz Fanon, a Martinique-born psychiatrist, theorist and activist, became an unlikely Caribbean born spokesperson for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism in the 1950’s. Fifty years after his death, this documentary reveals the short and intense life of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century.

    The Stone Center will hosts a keynote presentation on October 6 at 7pm with Mirelle Fanon Mendes-France, joined immediately after in conversation and discussion with Professor Linda Carty, Associate Professor of African Studies, Syracuse University.

    The program continues on October 7 with panel discussions throughout the day with visiting scholars as well as UNC and other local area faculty.

    Many thanks for the great work that is Repeating Islands

  45. Hello All,

    First I would like to say how glad I am to have literally stumbled upon this website. It will definitely be useful resource for me moving forward.

    After 20+ years as a university administrator & 3 teenagers later, I started the MEd program at York University, Toronto, Canada in September. I have many research interests, but am currently focussing on the lives of Caribbean born females who migrated to the UK to determine how their life experiences influenced their role as mothers and relationships with daughters, with specific reference to the decisions regarding education .

    Drawing on my own heritage as a reference point, I set out to undertake preliminary research about schooling and education in Guyana/British Guiana. So far, I have not been very successful in finding literature that provides a comprehensive and historical analysis of education in Guyana from colonial days to present. Scholars I have consulted with to date have cited the so-called “brain drain” of Guyanese intellectuals as a reason for this vaccuum. Having found this site I’d like to know if members of this community could provide feedback and recommendations as to sources I could review in my quest for meaningful and authentic reflections of schooling and education in Guyana (especially 1900s onwards).

    I look forward to your responses and finding out more about Repeating Islands.

  46. Hello there,

    I stumbled across Repeating Islands whilst researching Caribbean societies – haiti in particular.

    Sorry to use the comment section to ask – but do you have a contact email for this blog. I’d love to discuss all things Haiti with you. Would you be open to the idea of raising awareness for humanitarian projects in Haiti?

    Best wishes


  47. Hi Just found this site, and I thought i would let everyone know that there is a brand new Caribbean Middle reader / young adult adventure novel on the market!

    ‘The Eye of the Storm’ written in the British Virgin Islands by me – Alison Knights Bramble, has been published by aLookingGlass Books and is available through http://www.specialolympicsbvi.org soon to be on amazon where you will find it listed.

    I am hoping it is the first of a series of modern day ‘Enid Blyton type’ stories weaved around sailing, pirates and freedom…

  48. St. Thomian living in PR. I am trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and French. May i be of some assistance? I have an article i wrote about a Puerto Rican artist Samuel Lind and the Santiago Apostol festival in Loiza Puerto Rico. If interested, I would love to share.

    I would love to network.

    Giles Smith

  49. I was wondering if we could be added to your blogroll and we can add your site to our favorite links?

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    1. Thank you. We will definitely not have advertisements, since it would detract from our goal and we would seem to be using our readers as potential cash-generating venues.

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  51. Surprisingly! It is like you some how was reading my mind everthing i wanted to say was said and everythign i was thinking was written.

  52. Just discovered this site. I will bring it to the attention other. Thanks to the creator of this site matters Caribbean have the opportunity for greater exposure. My thanks to the creators and authors

  53. This is indeed a GREAT SITE! I have visited many other Caribbean, including Guyana, sites but can’t imagine how much I have missed not being here.
    My name is Leonard Dabydeen and I am a Guyanese-born Canadian, originally from Canje, Berbice, Guyana. Prior to 1983, in Guyana, I was a school teacher, Headmaster, and lecturer at the Government Teachers’ Training College. I am a graduate of the University of Guyana ( Education). At present I am a Licensed Paralegal and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. I have been engaged in creative writing since I was a teenager, and have recently published a book of poems: Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems, Xlibris Publications (2012), ISBN: 9781469148021. I am also connected to several poetry websites, including http://www.poemhunter.com where you can find my e-book. I live in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

  54. As we seem to be of like minded people here, I very much wanted to share news about a new Caribbean middle reader / YA novel. I am pleased to say the book has no vampires or wizards inside and the world has not ended already!!

    ‘The Eye of the Storm’ is about the magical environment and the real freedom for young people that still exists in our part of the Caribbean. Kamaria and Scorpion Island are where the teenager friends discover an old sailing sloop, the descendent of a real life pirate, and a hurricane that threatens to destroy everything in its path…

    You can read the first 3 chapters here:

    ISBN 978-0-95696997-0-5
    Published by aLookingGlass Ltd. in the British Virgin Islands

  55. I hope this will be of interest


    An Invitation to the launch of a major anthology of West Indian writing on West Indian Cricket

    The Bowling was Superfine

    With readings by several of the writers represented in the collection

    Including Mark McWatt, Sir Hilary Beckles, Philip Nanton and Stewart Brown

    At 7.00 pm on Monday March 26th

    In the pavilion of the 3Ws ground on the UWI campus at Cave Hill

    Refreshments will be served

    (Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special discounted price for the launch of $50)

    Press Release

    Stewart Brown and Ian McDonald (Eds.)
    The Bowling was Superfine: West Indian Writing and West Indian Cricket

    Stewart Brown and Ian McDonald present a multi-faceted portrait of the significance of cricket to the Caribbean and the attraction of Caribbean cricket to the world outside. With poems, calypsos, stories, extracts from novels, essays, speeches, cricket journalism and essays about cricket writing, the editors show cricket inhabiting all areas of the Caribbean imagination.
    From its expression at the highest level on the global field of play, to the no less titanic struggles on the bumpier fields of the village or the sugar estate, this is a celebration of those who forged an art out of a game, those who transformed a colonial sport into the cutting edge of Caribbean nationalism, and, in the 1970s and 80s changed forever the nature of the game. Over both editors hovers the benign ghost of that great West Indian CLR James, and The Bowling Was Superfine is not least a worthy act of homage to the writer whose Beyond a Boundary first revealed the convergence of Caribbean being and cricket.
    Writers represented in the anthology include Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, George Lamming, V.S. Naipaul, Earl Lovelace, Sam Selvon, C.L.R. James, Bruce St. John, Learie Constantine, Sylvia Wynter, Edgar Mittelholzer, Mark McWatt, Stanley Graves, Anthony Kellman, Paul Keens Douglas, Edward Baugh, Phillip Nanton and Michael Anthony
    Stewart Brown is a poet and has edited of several major anthologies as well as critical studies of Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite and Martin Carter.
    Ian McDonald is Trinidadian by birth and Guyanese by long residence and adoption. He is the author of the recently filmed The Hummingbird Tree, four collections of poetry and a play. He edits Kyk-over-Al.
    The book is 371 pp, regular price approx. Bdos $75. http://www.peepaltreepress.com

  56. PressRelease
    For immediate release

    Justine Henzell
    876-382-6777 (phone)
    oz@cwjamaica.com (email)

    [March 26 2012 � Kingston, Jamaica]


    The stellar team that brought Jamaica ten years of excellent programing, quality literary offerings and professional and efficient organization with the Calabash International Literary Festival, is back at it again.

    Jubilation! 50 represents a return of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust on the world literary scene. GQ Magazine UK has already listed the festival in the Top 100 things to do in the world in 2012.

    Between May 25-27, Jakes Resort in Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth will be abuzz with international literary figures, live music, seminars, great food and one of the best views available in Jamaica. Jubilation! 50 will celebrate Jamaica’s fiftieth anniversary of independence with the same formulae of earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse programming that made The Wall Street Journal report in June 2010 �Calabash is, in a nutshell, all that’s right with Jamaica”

    “Is Calabash back?” asks festival programmer and award winning poet, Kwame Dawes, “Well, the spirit of Calabash is back, the standards and values of Calabash are back, the experience of great writing, great music and great vibes is back.” According to festival organizers Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell, Jubilation! 50 is merely a continuation of the mission of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust, the governing entity that brought ten years of Calabash to Jamaica. “We wanted to continue our mission in a focused and selective way, and Jubilation! 50 does exactly that,” said Justine Henzell. She quickly reeled off a list of some of the women featured at this years festival, and it is clear that the festival has not lost its knack of attracting renowned authors from around the world.

    “Acclaimed novelists Chimamanda Adichie from Nigeria and Maaza Mengiste from Ethiopia, poets such as Carolyn Forche and Elizabeth Alexander from the US, the award winning sisters Sadie and Melissa Jones from the UK, Jamaica�s Olive Senior and on and on. �

    �We have sought to bring writers with a strong connection to Jamaica to help us commemorate our fiftieth anniversary through the arts. We have programmed quite a celebration and the tagline for JUBILATION! 50 says it all, we simply Love Jamaica” said Kwame Dawes.

    JUBILATION! 50 is proudly endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board. �The Jamaica Tourist Board has been associated with the Calabash Festival since its inception,� said Director of Tourism John Lynch. �It is an association which we treasure. Jamaica is blessed with literary talent and is an inspiration to the creativity of the human mind. We are thrilled with the return of the festival as Jubilation! 50�.

    More information on the programme will be released in coming weeks and the website http://www.calabashfestival.org and Facebook page are great resource for all things related to the Festival.

  57. I too hope that this will be of interest:

    For immediate release

    Justine Henzell
    876-382-6777 (phone)
    oz@cwjamaica.com (email)

    [March 26 2012 � Kingston, Jamaica]


    The stellar team that brought Jamaica ten years of excellent programing, quality literary offerings and professional and efficient organization with the Calabash International Literary Festival, is back at it again.

    Jubilation! 50 represents a return of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust on the world literary scene. GQ Magazine UK has already listed the festival in the Top 100 things to do in the world in 2012.

    Between May 25-27, Jakes Resort in Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth will be abuzz with international literary figures, live music, seminars, great food and one of the best views available in Jamaica. Jubilation! 50 will celebrate Jamaica’s fiftieth anniversary of independence with the same formulae of earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse programming that made The Wall Street Journal report in June 2010 �Calabash is, in a nutshell, all that’s right with Jamaica”

    “Is Calabash back?” asks festival programmer and award winning poet, Kwame Dawes, “Well, the spirit of Calabash is back, the standards and values of Calabash are back, the experience of great writing, great music and great vibes is back.” According to festival organizers Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell, Jubilation! 50 is merely a continuation of the mission of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust, the governing entity that brought ten years of Calabash to Jamaica. “We wanted to continue our mission in a focused and selective way, and Jubilation! 50 does exactly that,” said Justine Henzell. She quickly reeled off a list of some of the women featured at this years festival, and it is clear that the festival has not lost its knack of attracting renowned authors from around the world.

    “Acclaimed novelists Chimamanda Adichie from Nigeria and Maaza Mengiste from Ethiopia, poets such as Carolyn Forche and Elizabeth Alexander from the US, the award winning sisters Sadie and Melissa Jones from the UK, Jamaica�s Olive Senior and on and on. �

    �We have sought to bring writers with a strong connection to Jamaica to help us commemorate our fiftieth anniversary through the arts. We have programmed quite a celebration and the tagline for JUBILATION! 50 says it all, we simply Love Jamaica” said Kwame Dawes.

    JUBILATION! 50 is proudly endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board. �The Jamaica Tourist Board has been associated with the Calabash Festival since its inception,� said Director of Tourism John Lynch. �It is an association which we treasure. Jamaica is blessed with literary talent and is an inspiration to the creativity of the human mind. We are thrilled with the return of the festival as Jubilation! 50�.

    More information on the programme will be released in coming weeks and the website http://www.calabashfestival.org and Facebook page are great resource for all things related to the Festival.

  58. Hello,
    I would like to make a request for the consideration of posting my debut book, Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems (2012), Published by Xlibris Publishers, ISBN 978-1-4691-4802-1 along with a Review of the Book by Mydavolu Sathyanarayana who is also a published poet from India. I am a Guyanese living in Brampton, Ontario and would like to share this new book of poems with you. Here is a link from Guyanese Online Newsletter:

    Top 100 – Most Popular Posts for March 2012:
    Leonard Dabydeen: Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems
    Thank You.
    Leonard Dabydeen

  59. Caribbean author Michael Connors (the “Caribbean go-to guy”) has just introduced 8 additional furniture items to his Caribbean Furniture Line (manufactured by Scott Thomas Furniture Inc.) The Michael Connors Caribbean Line now consist of 25 different pieces based on designs he has discovered on the Caribbean islands he visits to research for the books he has written (Caribbean Elegance, Cuban Elegance, French Island Elegance, Caribbean Houses; Architecture and Interiors, British West Indies Style; Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, and Beyond, and The Splendor of Cuba; 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors.)
    In a recent interview Connors said; “The style of furniture made in the Caribbean islands form the 1920s to the 1950s is a genre that has been totally overlooked and/or neglected – except by collectors. This is the perfect time to illuminate the unsurpassed beauty and elegant legacy of Caribbean modern (moderne, or art deco inspired) design.” He went on to say, “This younger look, classification and expression of furniture forms is completely new to the interior design and furniture marketplace, and Scott Thomas Furniture has the foresight, understanding and ability to reproduce it.”
    The Michael Connors Collection can be seen in the Scott Thomas Furniture Showrooms 525 North Wrenn Street, High Point, NC 27062 (Telephone 336-886-8778.)

  60. As the BBC’s World Service gets set to close its doors at the iconic Bush House, author and historian Colin Grant talks to ‘The Telegraph’ about his latest book, ‘Bageye at the Wheel’, a comic memoir about growing up in a West Indian household in a small British town in the 1970s. [‘Bageye at the Wheel’ is part of a trilogy of books about African Caribbean life in the twentieth century.] And, as everyone decamps to Broadcasting House, Grant -the last in a long line of writers from the Diaspora to be associated with the BBC’s World Service – shares his thoughts.


    BBC producer Colin Grant stands beneath the majestic Portland Stone portico of London’s Bush House and points out the spot, around 10 years ago, where he met his literary hero V S Naipaul. “I remember going to meet him in reception in this wonderful, grand entrance,” says Grant. “And in he came rather regally, like a viceroy. He appeared to be wearing a cloak, was with his entourage, and he had a fedora hat on. And I remember he looked at me, and without the bat of an eye, handed me his hat to hold, as if I was his valet”.


  61. Dear Madam
    I wish to submit an article for publication on your blog. It is a review of Barbadian Anthony Kellman’s latest book of poems-South Eastern Stages published by Peepal Press. Mr Kellman is a professor in Augusta, Georgia.
    I would appreciate a response to my suggestion.
    Yours Sincerely
    icil phillips

  62. Dear friends,
    Here is the Call for Papers for the Congress Cuba Trasatlántica, to be held in Havan in june 2013. We will appreciate if you could post it in your blog. Best regards,
    Ariel Camejo


    Congreso internacional de estudios culturales, interdisciplinarios y

    El Grupo de Estudios Trasatlánticos de la Universidad de La Habana, el
    Proyecto LETRAL de la Universidad de Granada y el Proyecto Transatlántico de Brown University, con el co-auspicio del Ministerio de Cultura de la República de Cuba, convocan al congreso “Cuba Trasatlántica”, que tendrá lugar del 10 al 12 de junio de 2013, en La Habana, Cuba.

    El propósito de este congreso académico es levantar un primer mapa de las interacciones que entre las culturas europeas, africanas y americanas tienen lugar en el proceso de configuración moderna de la cultura cubana.

    Proponemos leer los objetos y procesos de esta cultura no sólo dentro de sus fronteras sino en su interacción con otras orillas, en sus
    escenarios, orígenes y proyectos. Más que de influencias se trata del
    intercambio, de la mezcla, la heterogeneidad, la transculturación e
    hibridez de los objetos culturales cubanos que queremos explorar en sus
    procesos desplegados como proyecciones, rupturas y aperturas. Este
    diálogo al interior de los textos, la música, las artes visuales, el
    teatro y el cine, pero también de la historia de las ideas y las
    prácticas culturales, pone en relieve la trama trasatlántica de la
    cultura en el mundo moderno.

    Algunos de los tópicos de esta historia de la cultura en Cuba son los

    . Descubrimiento y la conquista española: nuevas documentación y
    . Etnias y razas en la conformación de la cultura cubana: la trata
    esclava; migraciones, desplazamientos.
    . La lengua en Cuba.
    . Archivos, léxicos, bibliotecas y fuentes: la información histórica
    en Cuba.
    . Diálogo Cuba-Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX.
    . Universo de ideas en la Cuba decimonónica.
    . Imágenes de lo cubano en la cultura del siglo XIX.
    . Viajeros y viajeras en Cuba.
    . Mujeres escritoras y artistas del siglo XIX y primera mitad del XX.
    . El diálogo intergenérico e interdiscursivo y la formación de un
    . Dilemas del vanguardismo.
    . Las disyuntivas de la piel entre África, el Caribe, Estados Unidos
    y Cuba.
    . Diálogos trasatlánticos en la conformación de la cultura cubana.
    . La traducción y los traductores en Cuba.
    . Los horizontes caribeños de la cultura cubana: Del contrapunteo del
    tabaco y el azúcar a la isla que se repite.
    . Barroco y neo-barroco en la cultura cubana.
    . Calibán caribeño: el debate cubano sobre América Latina.
    . El diálogo cultural entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos.
    . Poetas y poéticas en el siglo XX.
    . Escritores y artistas cubanos de la diáspora en los siglos XIX, XX
    y XXI.
    . Universos de la cinematografía cubana. Del celuloide al mundo
    . Mujeres escritoras en los siglos XX y XXI.Hacia el XXI: Un arte y
    una literatura cubanos internacionales.
    . El patrimonio cultural y el resguardo de la identidad.
    . El arte popular en el horizonte de la cultura cubana.
    . Diálogos trasatlánticos en la arquitectura cubana.
    . Creación y mercado del libro y de las artes en Cuba.
    . Religiones y religiosidad en la formación y definición de la
    cultura cubana.

    Estos tópicos ejemplifican la riqueza y variedad de la trama atlántica
    cubana. La representación de Cuba en el cine norteamericano y la música cubana en el mundo, son otros temas por explorar y poner al día. Los más pertinentes y productivos serán los que salgan de la misma investigación en marcha de los estudiosos y críticos que este congreso convoca.

    El congreso rendirá homenaje a Fina García Marruz, eminente poeta y
    ensayista, miembro del Grupo Orígenes, y a los estudiosos Keith Ellis,
    Ivan Schulman y Carmen Ruiz Barrionuevo.

    Profesores y especialistas, así como estudiantes avanzados, están
    invitados a presentar propuestas de ponencias hasta el 21 de diciembre de 2012. Enviar quince líneas con el título de su ponencia, descripción del tema, su nombre, dirección, y filiación académica. Pueden también
    presentar una propuesta de sesión, que incluiría a tres ponentes.

    Inscripción para ponentes cubanos: 100 pesos (MN) profesores, 70 pesos (MN) estudiantes.

    Inscripción para ponentes del extranjero: 100 CUC (Cuban Currency)
    profesores, 70 CUC estudiantes. Dirección electrónica para enviar las
    propuestas de sesiones y ponencias: cuba.trasatlantica@gmail.com.

    Información sobre plan de viaje y hotelería: La información la brindará
    oportunamente la agencia cubana de turismo cultural “Paradiso”.

    Coordinan el congreso los profesores Julio Ortega (Universidad de Brown), Rogelio Rodríguez Coronel (Universidad de La Habana), Álvaro Salvador (Universidad de Granada) y, como secretario, Ariel Camejo (Universidad de La Habana), con el apoyo de la Asociación Hermanos Saíz de jóvenes escritores y artistas cubanos.

    1. Thank you, Esmeralda. I am a follower of the “Negra cubana tenía ser” blog. Thanks for the interview. Ivette

  63. The Parsley Massacre:
    Assessment & Representation 75 Years Later
    A Panel Discussion

    In early October 1937 the Dominican Dictator Raphael Trujillo ordered an ethnic cleansing of Haitians along the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic marked by the Massacre River. The murderers identified their targets as Haitians by an inability to pronounce properly the Spanish word perejil for parsley. Historians estimate that 15,000 to 30,000 victims perished. As news leaked, international concern followed. The Dictator denied the gravity and intent of the events. The approaching clouds of the World War II soon darkened memory of what happened to poor people in an obscure place. Even so, the events of the extermination campaign have long stained relations between the countries.

    In memory of the victims, our panel explores how the events have been represented, remembered, and interpreted by Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and artists from both cultures. The issues are particularly pertinent because, in transnational diasporic terms, New York City is the second largest city of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Panel organizer & moderator:
    Jerry W. Carlson (The City College & Graduate Center)

    Michele Wucker (World Policy Institute)
    Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College, Columbia University)
    Maja Horn (Barnard College, Columbia University)
    Francois Pierre-Louis (Queens College & Graduate Center)

    Where: Room C-197 The CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave. @ 34th St.)
    When: 4pm Friday Oct 5
    Subways: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St. or 6 to 33rd St.

    Sponsored by the Doctoral Program in French, the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, the Dominican Studies Institute, and the MA in the Study of the Americas of the City University of New York.

  64. Hi, I really like this initiative and wanted to bring your attention it post on my site A Culturalist Musings written by Mr. Jermain Ostiana of Curaçao on the current political conversation on the island in the lead up to the elections. If you could post it here, with a link to the original, it would be much appreciated. http://negarraakilikudumu.com/2012/10/notes-from-the-field-curacaos-autonomy-upcoming-elections/

    Thanks much!

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  66. The Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta was held in May 2011, and February 2012 on the grounds of the Two Seasons Guest House (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com) in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. For a review of these two events, please visit http://2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Talking-Trees-Magazine-2-1.pdf
    You may also view a short video on Two Seasons Guest House at http://www.youtube.com/user/TwoSeasonsJamaica
    We are hoping to stage Talking Trees for this year again. Stay tuned.

  67. I just got through reading three books by St. Lucian born, Julia E. Antoine, who writes children’s books about the Caribbean and romance novels set in the Caribbean under Ju Ephraime. I highly recommend these. Check her out here: http://www.juliaeantoine.com or on Amazon.com.

  68. Hi, I am a writer and journalist from Kerala, India and have a passion for Latin American culture, movements and writing. I happened to see your nice blog when I was searching ‘Oscar Lopez Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance’, (even though I didn’t get what I looked for.) I had been once to Colombia and Venezuela and hope to travel again in all Caribbean. This just to say a hello, and thanks to your blog. KS Raman

  69. Hi Xaymaca, thanks for replying. I found the information I was looking for. I am presently working on research on the work of Opal Palmer Adisa.

  70. Launch of New Book Series:
    Afro-Latino Diasporas

    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    Series Editors: Juan Flores, Miriam Jiménez Román and Natasha Gordon-Chipembere

    Th Afro-Latino Diasporas book series aims to gather scholarly and creative writing on the African diasporic experience in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

    The editors welcome manuscripts addressing any and all aspects of Afro-Latin@ life and cultural expression throughout the hemisphere, with a strong focus on US Latin@s of African descent. We will also consider relevant work on the transnational Brazilian and Haitian experience. We encourage submission of manuscripts in any and all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches. Fictional and poetic work will be included, though the emphasis will be on critical historical and sociological analysis on a broad range of topics, including religion, history, literature, theory, biography, and scholarship in sociology, politics, and economics. We especially welcome works on issues of class, gender and sexuality, in addition to studies of the transnational Afro-Latin@ experience.

    Publications will be in English, but we will also consider works in Spanish or other languages for possible translation.

    Please send proposals and all enquiries to Juan Flores juan.flores@nyu.edu, Miriam Jiménez Román mjmrom@gmail.com, and Natasha Gordon-Chipembere indisunflower@yahoo.com.

  71. Los Pleneros de la 21 Continues Mission of Education through Tradition

    Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21), a Spanish-Harlem based performing troop specializing in Bomba and Plena music and performance take their special talents to the stage in North Carolina this month.

    The Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a 2 day residency with Los Pleneros de la 21 April 19 and 20th. The residency will include 2 free community workshops on April 19th and culminate with a performance on Saturday evening, April 20th.

    The ensemble was founded 26 years ago in the South Bronx, NYC. The name evokes the place of origin of its members, the Parada 21 (Bus Stop 21). The Parada 21 was a predominantly black neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico where many of the islands’ bomba and plena performers resided. The term Los Pleneros means “plena practitioner/ musicians” and LP21 are considered New York’s preeminent bomba and plena musicicans. The ensemble has performed all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Australia and the former Soviet Union.

    LP21 perform two styles of Afro-Puerto Rican music; each has its own historical trajectory and musical distinctiveness. Bomba and plena are traditional Afro-Puerto Rican musical genres respectively dating back to the early 17th and 20th centuries. The music took root when Spanish colonists brought West African slaves to cultivate Puerto Rico’s sugarcane. Bomba describes a range of regional styles, rhythmic patterns and associated dance styles that were cultivated by Africans and their descendants in the context of plantation life in early colonial Puerto Rico. The musical style is highly participatory with dancers moving their bodies to the beat of a drum. Plena has a similar call and response fashion, but places more emphasis on lyrical narration of daily life and satirical commentary on current events.

    The Stone Center brought LP21 to the UNC campus in 2009 as part of the Carolina Creative Campus Initiative, a year-long University-wide project initiated by the Office of the Executive Director for the Arts to explore global diasporas and examine ideas on migration, nationality and the politics of home.

    For more information on LP21 and the UNC-Chapel Hill residency, please call 919-962-9001 or email stonecenter@unc.edu.

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  94. I recently saw a book written by Edwin Quiles Rodriguez describing a school project in Haiti. I am an old friend of his from Cambridge, Ma., and I was looking to find him again. If anyone knows him and can ask him to contact me or give me his email address, I am at jeffpat17@msn.com. Jeff Petrucelly

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  96. Greetings from Costa Rica! I am hosting a 4 day Writers Retreat with guest-writer-in-residence, Tonya Hegamin from the 18-22 June 2015 here in CR. Would it be possible for me to send a flyer and my website for more information? There are only 5 spaces left! I can be reached at indisunflower@yahoo.com.

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  97. The Department of Literatures in English of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica, the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund, and the Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, are partnering to host the fourth staging of the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 23, 2015 on the grounds of Two Seasons Guest House (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com).

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  99. Leonard Dabydeen -New Book: Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys & Fibonacci Poems, September 24, 2015

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  103. Jeffrey B-Izzaak- Book: Poetic Duty 1.5:: Without Definition-A Kayak in Englan’, Authorhouse, August 2014.

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  105. Spotlight Gallery to Host “Arte!” During Hispanic Heritage Month

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  107. Dear colleagues of “Repeating Islands”


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    Anthony Stevens-Acevedo
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    Sarah Aponte
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  109. The Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta returns to the grounds of the Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Presented in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund, Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta will envelope patrons Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta is a family oriented day, providing a pou pourri of literary works, interspersed with music and fashion. There will be a children’s programme running simultaneously with the main stage. The children will make a presentation on the main stage. For more information, email info@2seasonsguesthouse.com. Plan to be there!

  110. The latest volume of Social and Economic Studies – the flagship Journal of the University of the West Indies (SALISES), Mona Campus, is dedicated to the Caribbean Sea – entitled ‘Linking Ocean Governance in the Caribbea. The journal is timely, as it brings focus to a valuable yet oft forgotten marker of the region. Contributions come from a cross-section of experts in the region and beyond – with perspectives from Martinique and the Pacific Islands. Given the growing attention to climate issues, and given the importance of the Caribbean sea to Caribbean people, Caribbean culture, Caribbean geography and Caribbean development, the journal is a timely addition to Caribbean epistemology and so, well worth the read. It is available for purchase here: https://www.mona.uwi.edu/ses/

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  122. I think this blog is a great avenue for Caribbean persons to learn about the Caribbean history and culture. The way I see it, because of the Caribbean’s diversity it poses tremendous difficulty when trying to ascribe a neat definition. However, it is only through the territories’ common colonial history that we can unite. So far I have only seen that through sport can these territories truly integrate. Do you think there is a chance for us to work together once more politically for the holistic development of the Caribbean?

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  125. Press release photo exhibition Surinamese ancestors in the picture

    Wedding portraits: Surinamese Ancestors in the (the?) Picture 1868 – 1950
    ‘Grandma, who is that bride in this photo? Is that you,, together with Grandpa?’
    How often does one hear that question when seeing a somewhat yellowed wedding photo in a frame on the wall, in an album, on a sideboard, or on an i-phone.
    Photos bring the world from the past to the present, and that is certainly the case with the photographs in the exhibition ‘Wedding Portraits, Surinamese Ancestors in the Picture before 1950′, in the public library at Javaplein. This is where Surinamese couples are in the center, or couples whose partners have a Surinamese background. The photographs not only show a striking picture of the period in which the marriage took place, but also make it clear how much Surinamese people have travelled to all corners of the world whilst under Dutch rule. There are also wedding photos of Surinamese-Dutch, Surinamese-Indian and Surinamese-American couples.
    Photography was introduced in Suriname around 1860. Since then it was common for couples to be photographed in the first photo studios in Paramaribo or in their parents’ courtyard. Occasionally, the marriage was performed in the Netherlands. The oldest photograph in the exhibition dates back to 1868, and some stories are even older.
    This is the first time that the cultural diversity of the Surinamese society been shown in this way using photographs and the stories of descendants.
    The exhibition is an initiative of Lucia Nankoe, who is a specialist in Caribbean literature.
    On view:
    From 14 September to 14 November 2018 Javaplein 2, 1094 HW Amsterdam
    Opening hours: Sunday: 13- 16.30 hours; Monday: 14-17.30; Tuesday 9:30 am – 8:00 pm; Wednesday 9.30 am – 8 pm; Thursday 9.30 am – 8.00 pm; Friday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm; Saturday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Free access
    On 11 and 25 October, there will be public meetings with experts who will shed light on the theme.

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  127. Repeating islands is a fantastic blog and we would love to contribute to it as guest writers or collaborate in other ways that would help spread the word about Caribbean culture and the arts.

    We do have our on blog: https://www.exploringcaribbean.com/ and would be happy to use it to promote events and news from yourself!

  128. I’m disappointed that you haven’t shared the conviction of Bouterse on this blog. I’ve seen other political news here, why not this? We’ve been waiting for justice for 37 years, your readers deserve to know.

  129. The development of a readership for blogs on Caribbean arts and cultures remains a challenge, as we surmise from speaking to other bloggers, who argue that blogging without a secure, constant (and hopefully growing) readership is a lonely and unrewarding occupation. Establishing a blog in the Caribbean cyberspace requires building and maintaining a readership through a delicate balancing between what in our case is the 20 percent of our established readership and that 80 percent of daily readers reeled in by an old post. Because the interests of our established readership cover the entire Caribbean region, it requires a commitment to ample daily coverage (we publish between eight and ten posts a day), which in turn requires perseverance in researching and identifying stories that can prove interesting to our readers. Although we are not driven by our “stats,” we do monitor them closely and must confess to having marked in celebration every milestone—from the first day our daily pageviews reached five thousand to the moment we hit our first one million pageviews. It has been possible for us to establish this level of readership because our news-aggregator function essentially provides a daily mini-newspaper service for our readers and we were able to launch the site through access to academic group mailings. Thus

  130. Caribbean culture is very rich but is losing value with time. For this Caribbean cultural organization in New York is working progressively. Stilt dance, music learning, singing, steel drum playing are some of the main things we include in this.

  131. Hello from GUADELOUPE
    Yesterday Jacob DESVARIEUX,founder, guitarist and singer of KASSAV, group that created ZOUK died of Covid 19. KASSAV make people sing and dance all over the world for 40 years.
    GUADELOUPE is mourning a talented and gennerous artist.
    Please, don’t forget him.

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