Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime
10th Anniversary Season
Wednesday Aug 3 @ 7 PM
Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia), Sounding Ground
Samantha Thornhill (Trinidad & Tobago), Odetta: Queen of Folk
Tiphanie Yanique (Virgin Islands), Wife
Caribbean Cultural Theatre: 718-783-8345
Caribbean Research Center: 718-270-6218
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Medgar Evers College
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Presented in Association with Caribbean Research Center – School of Liberal Studies & Education- Medgar Evers College (CUNY), Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York, Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime, St. Lucia House Foundation
Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia) is a writer, actor and critic. His writing has been published in Caribbean Review of Books, Wasafiri, Small Axe Journal, PN Review, BIM Magazine, Washington Square Review, Caribbean Beat and other journals, as well as an anthology of Caribbean poetry and prose entitled, Beyond Sangre Grande edited by Cyril Dabydeen. He has been awarded the first prize in the poetry category of the Small Axe prize 2013 and is the winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for his debut collection Sounding Ground, published by Peepal Tree Press in May, 2014.
Some of Lucien’s poems have been translated into Dutch published in the literary journal, Tortuca in Italian and Mandarin. He is also the co-editor of the anthology, Sent Lisi: Poems and Art of St. Lucia which was published in November 2014 and the screenwriter of the documentary The Merikins which premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in 2013.
Samantha Thornhill (Trinidad & Tobago) is an internationally traveled poet, educator, and curator. She’s been invited to share her versatile works in a variety of contexts across the US, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. She holds a MFA from the University of Virginia and teaches at The Juilliard School. Seventeen literary journals and anthologies have featured her poems, and in 2010, Scholastic Books published her ode to the folk legend Odetta in picture book form. In 2014, Russell Simmons hired her to curate and produce poetry videos for his YouTube vertical, All Def Poetry.
Samantha is currently collaborating with filmmaker Zac Murphy on a documentary about young women with incarcerated fathers. She is the founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, which was profiled in the New York Times for their dynamic, pop up poetry performances in public spaces. Since the birth of her son in 2015, Samantha has been traveling the world, and writing articles for Femde, a website for women, created by women.
Tiphanie Yanique (Virgin Islands) is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Poetry Prize, a novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, and a collection of short stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which garnered her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5Under35.
Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and many other places. Tiphanie is a professor in the MFA programme at the New School in New York City, where she is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. She lives in New Rochelle with her husband, teacher and photographer Moses Djeli, and their three young children.