Bocas Presents at the 2015 Miami Book Fair

Not that Caribbean: New writing from the Antilles

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Bocas Presents at the Miami Book Fair

Sun. Nov. 221:30 p.m.Rm. 8303

Not That Caribbean: New Writing from the Antilles

1:30 p.m. / Rm. 8303 (Bldg. 8, 3rd Floor)

For many North Americans, Cuba and Haiti grab the headlines, while the rest of the Caribbean is just a tropical dream come true. This panel will prove that there’s a lot more to the Caribbean. Fiction writer Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw of Trinidad and Tobago and Sharon Leach of Jamaica explore the wry, self-conscious sides of the urban Caribbean, while debut poet Vladimir Lucien of St. Lucia, winner of the coveted 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, turns the eye of his 21st-century generation to the island celebrated by Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Join Bocas programme director—poet and editor, Nicholas Laughlin—as he engages these talented writers in a conversation about the ways contemporary Caribbean writers are changing the way the world thinks about “the islands.”

Sat. Nov. 2110:30 a.m.Centre Gallery

Voices of the Caribbean: New Poetry

10:30 a.m./Center Gallery (Room 1365)

Carlos Pintado’s Paz Prize-winning collection of poetry Nine Coins/Nueve monedas is a palimpsest of love, fears, dreams, and the intimate landscapes where the author seeks refuge. Colin Channer’s debut poetry collection, Providential, draws on his knowledge of Jamaican culture and on his complex relationship with his father. Vladimir Lucien’s new collection of poetry, Sounding Ground, contains stories of ancestors, immediate family, and history embedded in his native St. Lucia. The poems in Nicholas Laughlin’s The Strange Years of My Life include the narratives of 19th-century travelers and 20th-century anthropologists, spy movies, and astronomical lore.