The best of contemporary poetry, from an exciting lineup of Caribbean and international authors.
Day 1
01 May 2019

New voices

A showcase of debut books by first-time and self-published authors.
Esbeth Callender-Braithwaite
Lesley-Ann Brown
Motilal Boodoosingh
Nicola Ramsaran
Theresa Awai
Tristan Walker

Commonwealth Writers Conversations: We Mark Your Memory

Presenting the latest Peekash Press anthology, collecting new writing from around the Commonwealth reflecting on the experience of Indian indentureship.
Gabrielle Hosein
Kevin Jared Hosein
Patti-Anne Ali
Sharda Patasar
Stella Chong Sing
Day 2
02 May 2019

Take Two: Marina Warner (Fly Away Home) and Abigail Parry (Jinx)

Marina Warner (Fly Away Home) and Abigail Parry (Jinx) read from their stories and poems inspired by a rich tradition of fairy tales, folklore, spells and curses; chaired by Shivanee...
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Abigail Parry
Marina Warner

New Daughters of Africa

The successor to the groundbreaking anthology of African and African-diaspora women writers has its Caribbean debut, introduced by editor Margaret Busby, with readings by TT writers Lisa Allen-Agostini, Alake Pilgrim,...
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Alake Pilgrim
Attillah Springer
Diana Evans
Lisa Allen-Agostini
Nalo Hopkinson


Celebrating Caribbean LGBTI+ Writing! Join us for drinks, poems, stories, comedy, cancing and open mic! Hosted by Andre Bagoo, Cherisse & Terry Ann (Queer Corner) • Featuring: • Angelique V....
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Miscellaneous Authors
Day 3
03 May 2019

Take Two: Kendel Hippolyte (Word Planting) and Canisia Lubrin (Voodoo Hypothesis)

St. Lucian writers of two generations, Kendel Hippolyte (Word Planting) and Canisia Lubrin (Voodoo Hypothesis) read from their new books of poetry, rooted in island soil but extending their branches...
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Amílcar Sanatan
Canisia Lubrin
Kendel Hippolyte

Time Machine: a big night of literature and music at the Big Black Box

Extraordinary writers of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction imagine alternative pasts and futures. Featuring Marlon James, Nalo Hopkinson, Marcia Douglas, Danez Smith, and Karen Lord. Music by Freetown Collective....
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Danez Smith
Karen Lord
Marcia Douglas
Marlon James
Nalo Hopkinson
Day 4
04 May 2019

Inspired by the Archives

Part two of this groundbreaking series, in which writers of today are commissioned to explore the Caribbean’s literary archives and write new creative works. Featuring Kendel Hippolyte, Celeste Mohammed, and...
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Alexandra Stewart
Celeste Mohammed
Kendel Hippolyte

For the love of poems

Enjoy some of the best talent from the First Citizens National Poetry Slam semi-final round, performing now without the pressure of competition, for the sheer love of poetry.
Miscellaneous Authors

Cropper Foundation at 20

As the landmark writing workshop celebrates its 20th anniversary, celebrated Cropper alumni share their work and memories. Introduced by Funso Aiyejina and Merle Hodge. Featuring readings by Andre Bagoo, Rhoda...
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Andre Bagoo
Barbara Jenkins
Colin Robinson
Rhoda Bharath
Shivanee Ramlochan

Take Two: Nick Makoha (Kingdom of Gravity) and Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Doe Songs)

Uganda-born British poet Nick Makoha, author of Kingdom of Gravity, and Trinidadian Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, author of Doe Songs, read and discuss their work with Shivanee Ramlochan.
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Nick Makoha
Shivanee Ramlochan

Folklore: the supernatural and the extraordinary

The Trinidad and Tobago Writers Union presents Folklore: the supernatural and the extraordinary, featuring dramatic readings and presentations by members of the Writers Union of T&T.
Miscellaneous Authors
Day 5
05 May 2019

Take Two: Marcia Douglas and Geoffrey Philp

Marcia Douglas and Geoffrey Philp read from their works inspired by Jamaican music, and discuss how the reggae spirit infuses broader Jamaican culture; chaired by Julie Harris.
Geoffrey Philp
Marcia Douglas

Take Two: Nicole Sealey and Forward Prize winner Danez Smith

Nicole Sealey and Forward Prize winner Danez Smith read and discuss their stellar poems challenging ideas about politics and aesthetics. Chaired by Shivanee Ramlochan.
Danez Smith
Nicole Sealey
Shivanee Ramlochan

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Final

It’s the year’s biggest night of poetry, as T&T’s top performance poets vie for the championship and the first prize of TT$50,000. Continuing with the Game of Thrones motif established...
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Deneka Thomas