Impression Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist

27 11 2011


By eneryvibes

Last friday it was all about art at UniArte’s Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist in Amsterdam-Zuidoost. An Art Exhibition, which  included different types of art such as spoken word, theater, films, sculptures, paintings, and photography by Dutch Caribbean artists.
Upcoming young artists  and art lovers met each other at a spectacular expo to network in an ambiance of creativity. An initiative by UniArte who wants to expose Dutch Caribbean people in a positive light. 
Bookish Plaza was also there with a bookstand pushing the Caribbean art of writing forward. Our own writer Quito Nicolaas read from his novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness].

Preparing

Hanging up the paintings

De Vogels checking it out

Opening of the expo

Fans of the arts

Speach by the initiator young filmmaker Sharelly Emanuelson

All ears!

Photography by Richard Terborg

The young ambiance

Conceptual art by Robin de Vogel

Step on it! Mold it!

Bold art by Joanie Croes

 

BookIsh Plaza bookstand

Author Quito Nicolaas

Interesting books

Networking

Sharelly Emanuelson & Quito Nicolaas with Verborgen leegte in hand

Having a ball

More art

Contemporary artist & writer

The filmmaker roling

 

 Quito Nicolaas & Robin de Vogel

The DJ for the night bringing on some smooth rhytms

 

An awesome Expo





Tomorrow Presentation Dutch Translation of Mars’ “Saisons sauvages”

23 11 2011

New Book: Dutch Translation of Kettly Mars’ “Saisons sauvages”

On November 24, 2011, starting at 8:00pm, Kettly Mars (Haiti) presents the Dutch translation of her novel Saisons sauvages [Wrede Seizoenen] at the MC Theatre’s Grote zaal (Great Hall) in Amsterdam. She will be joined by visual artist Natasja Kensmil and singer Shirma Rouse. The evening events will be led by journalist Tanja Fraai. Lucia Nankoe, novelist and critic is the curator for this evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Kettly Mars is one of the 2011 Prince Claus laureates. With the prize, the Prince Claus Fund honored her bold approach in addressing unconventional topics, which has given new impetus to Caribbean literature. At this event, Mars will read passages from the book and she will speak about some of the major themes highlighted in the text.

Saisons sauvages takes place in the Port-au-Prince of the 1960s and is framed within the François Duvalier era, where tontons macoutes systematically eliminate the regime’s opponents.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands

Soon available @ BookIsh Plaza





Poems Influenced by Calypso & Jazz

23 11 2011


New Book and Album: Anthony Joseph’s “Rubber Orchestras”

 

Rubber Orchestras is a new collection by Trinidadian–born British poet Anthony Joseph, released this month by Salt Publishing. It is also the title of Joseph’s third album with The Spasm Band, which was released earlier this year.

Taking its name from a poem by American surrealist Ted Joans, Rubber Orchestras is an energetic, sensuous and intriguing collection of poems, written over a period of four years with an (as yet) undisclosed method of composition the writer calls Liminalism. This collection was selected from 100 poems written using this method. This is the poets’ most radical work so far, in parts psychedelic, surrealist but always engaging. [. . .] The book is divided into three sections: Precious and Impossible — a selection of poems influenced in subject and style by calypso and jazz; The Colony of Light — poems concerning Caribbean history and society; and Grotesquerie, in which there are darker, more obscure poems.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands





Writings on Caribbean Women

23 11 2011

New Book: Helen Hernández Hormilla’s “Mujeres en crisis”

Helen Hernández Hormilla’s Mujeres en crisis: Aproximaciones a lo femenino en las narradoras cubanas de los noventa (Havana: Publicaciones Acuario, Centro Félix Varela, 2011), a new study on contemporary women’s writing in Cuba was launched at the UNEAC on October 24, 2011. The book was introduced by scholar Zaida Capote Cruz, author of the book’s prologue.

Journalist Hernández Hormilla won the UNEAC’s first prize for essay for this exploration of the representation of women in female narrative of the 1990s from the perspective of gender. Divided into three chapters “Puntos de partida” [Points of Departure], “En busca de una tradición de narradoras en Cuba” [In Search of a Women Writers’Tradition in Cuba], and “Paradigmas en conflicto: Representaciones de la mujer en la narrativa femenina de los noventa” [Conflicting Paradigms: Representations of Women in Female Narrative of the 1990s], the text also reviews the main conceptual tools of gender theory and feminist literary criticism on which the analysis is grounded, as well as the history of women’s writing on the island, linking it to the socio-historical particularities of each time period.

Read fulle article @ Repeating Islands





Lasana Sekou’s English/Spanish book represents Caribbean Literature in Venezuela

23 11 2011

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (November 21, 2011)—Representing what is new or canonical in Caribbean Literature is probably getting more difficult as the region’s national literatures continue to produce more writers within the various countries and territories. But independent Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez recently went to one of Venezuela’s prestigious universities to do just that.         

“I was invited to give lectures during two weeks in October to the Master of Arts program on Ibero-American Literature, headed by Professor Arnaldo Valero at the Instituto de Investigaciones Literarias Gonzalo Picón Febres, of the Universidad de los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela,” said Rodríguez on Sunday.
“As my last lecture in Mérida was about Lasana M. Sekou, they decided to launch Corazón de pelícano” on October 14, said Rodriguez.
And that is how the St. Martin book Pelican Heart – An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou/ Corazón de pelícano – Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou was launched as a contemporary example of Caribbean Literature at the University of the Andes (ULA).

In addition to the copies bought by students and other guests, review copies of the book was “presented to professors and researchers at ULA who would make use of it in the classroom and in their studies of Caribbean and Latin American literatures,” said Rodríguez.
ULA is the second-oldest university in Venezuela, dating back to 1810; and ranks among “the top 30 research institutions in Latin America.” (wikipedia.com)
The ULA request for the Pelican Heart launch allowed Rodríguez to continue his introduction of the St. Martin author to Hispanic audiences.

Rodríguez is the editor of Pelican Heart/Corazón de pelícano (HNP, 2010), in which all of the poems are translated to Spanish by Maria Teresa Ortega from the original English. The editor wrote the critical introduction to the 432-page book. There’s an extensive bibliography by the editor and the poet explaining a number of words, terms, symbols, names, dates, and language fragments in the poems.

            At the ULA lectures Rodríguez focused critically on performance poetry and what he terms the “oraliture” of a region that has produced a stellar number of world-class authors, across its different language zones, in a short historical period, and in a relatively very small geographic space.
Rodríguez included video clips of writers, poets, and storytellers he discussed as central to the graduate class theme: Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados), Linton Kwesi Johnson (UK), Mutabaruka (Jamaica), Paul Keens-Douglas (Trinidad & Tobago), Louise Bennett (Jamaica), Elis Juliana (Curacao), Mikey Smith (Jamaica), and Sekou (St. Martin).

The Pelican Heart collection, which Italian literary critic Dr. Sara Florian calls “an election” of Sekou’s poems from 1978 to 2010, has been previously launched with critical introductions in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico.
A book signing for Pelican Heart was held in St. Martin last February at the Jubilee Library as part of the Tribute to the Great Salt Pond concert by Sekou (poetry) and Nicole de Weever (dance).

 Photo caption:

A university student smiles while Rodríguez signs her copy of Pelican Heart/Corazón de pelícano, an English-Spanish anthology of poems by Lasana Sekou, in Mérida, Venezuela. (Cristina Gutiérrez photo)

Source: House of Nehesi Publishers

Books by the poet of St. Martin Lasana M. Sekou can be obtained @ BookIsh Plaza.





Words Without Borders in the Caribbean Sphere

23 11 2011

 “title unknow” by Lavar Munroe

November 2011: Writing from the Caribbean

This month Words Without Borders present literature from the Caribbean. Writers from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, and Puerto Rico contribute compelling portraits of their countries and societies. From sober reports on natural disasters and political oppression to antic depictions of sexuality run amok, the pieces collected here testify to the range and vitality of this region’s writers. Haiti’s Dany Laferrière reports from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake. In an excerpt from his Prix Goncourt-shortlisted novel, Lyonel Trouillot sends a young woman in search of her family history. Cuba’s Jorge Olivera Castillo brings a nightmare to life. His countryman Omar Pérez performs a lively regguetón. From Martinique, Suzanne Dracius rides with Amazons, while Johan Moya Ramis struggles with an unruly body part. Évelyne Trouillot gives voice to a madwoman on a turbulent journey. Puerto Rico’s Juan Flores presents a tap-dancing sage, while José María Lima speaks from the grave. In poetry from the Dominican Republic, Frank Baez paints a self-portrait, José Mármol communes with nature, and Aurora Arias comes full circle. Enjoy this island tour.

Check it out @ Words Witout Borders





Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist

21 11 2011


BookIsh Plaza will have a bookstand on friday november 25th at the very first Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist In Amsterdam.
We’ll be selling books by Caribbean authors. So come by and have a look at our assortment of books.
More information on the poster. See you there.