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The Caribbean Journey: St. Martin & Barbados

Kwame Dawes | Lasana M Sekou | Sue William Silverman | Xu Xi |


Of course there are beaches, but all tourist guides will tell you that. What they might not tell you is that the Caribbean gave birth to two Nobel prizes in literature, Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul, as well as a significant literary tradition in English and other languages, plus Bob Marley to boot.

Join us on a journey to two islands in the company of Kwame Dawes, an acclaimed, trans-national writer and one of the Caribbean’s literary treasures who can speak knowledgeably and with deep personal insight about the people, culture and literature of the region, well beyond the front of sun and sand. He also happens to be an expert on the life and work of Bob Marley, a fellow Jamaican. This sojourn begins on the “bi-colonial” (Dutch and French) island of St. Martin, and includes entry to their 4th annual Bookfair and literary festival, where you will meet and encounter work by some of the Caribbean’s leading contemporary writers. St. Martin is also home to House of Nehesi, a vibrant young press that publishes and actively promotes the literary traditions of the Caribbean.

From there we travel to Barbados, home of two giants of Caribbean literature, George Lamming and Edward Kamau Braithwaite. If they’re home, we may be fortunate enough to gain an audience.

The other authors who will bring their expertise to bear on this trip include Lasana Sekou, St. Martin’s poet laureate and one of the founders of House of Nehesi; Sue William Silverman, an American award-winning memoirist, essayist and poet who spent her childhood on St. Thomas, and Xu Xi, a trans-national fiction writer and essayist from the former British colony of Hong Kong, and a co-founder of Authors-At-Large.

Manuscript consultations on this journey will be offered in both genres of poetry and prose (fiction and creative non fiction).

8 days, 9 nights May 31 to June 8

Authors: Kwame Dawes (all genres), Lasana Sekou (poetry & creative non fiction), Sue William Silverman (all genres), Xu Xi (fiction).


Participants should

arrive on St. Martin no later than Wednesday evening May 31

(Night 1)

and be ready to join the group on

Thursday morning June 1

(Day 1). We spend 4 nights on St. Martin and

fly to Barbados on Sunday June 4.

We return to

St. Martin Thursday June 8

for one last night.

Check out is Friday morning June 9

from St. Martin. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Program: $1350.00
Ground: $1000.00
Manuscript Consultation: $400.00
Click here to download program schedule

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes, Distinguished Poet in Residence, Louise Frye Scudder Liberal Arts Professor, and Founder and Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative at the University of South Carolina, was born in Ghana in 1962. He moved to Jamaica >>>MORE

Lasana M Sekou

Lasana M. Sekou is the author of 11 books of poetry, monologues, and short stories. He is the leading writer of St. Martin and is considered one of the prolific Caribbean poets of his generation. His newest collection is 37 Poems, published >>>MORE

Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman’s first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (University of Georgia Press), won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award Series in creative nonfiction and is in its >>>MORE

Xu Xi

Xu Xi is the author of three novels, The Unwalled City, Hong Kong Rose and Chinese Walls, two short fiction collections, History’s Fiction and Daughters of Hui, and the mixed-genre collection, >>>MORE


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