Ode to a Poui Tree


Every morning, while taking a shower, I gazed out of the window. There was always the poui tree, looking a little different every day. Sometimes its branches looked a little thin, almost leafless, especially during drought periods. At other times (and when the birds loved it most) it bore its fruit. Sometimes it tossed in … More Ode to a Poui Tree

Columbus Day, Citations and the Black Female Experience


Jamaican-American historian and academic Dr. Anne C. Bailey has written a response to the online controversy over the omission of a citation for her book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History in an article in the Washington Post. In this work, Dr. Bailey sought out the voices of those who were enslaved, … More Columbus Day, Citations and the Black Female Experience

Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny


This book is about to be officially launched! Long Island, New York on October 21 will be the first celebration. I am looking forward to a 2020 launch with Ross Kenneth Urken present! Meanwhile, here is an invitation, in the author’s words: I have many events in the works — from Toronto, to London, to … More Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook


There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence


What a fascinating headline that is! Quite a combination, all adding up to a week of empowerment for youngsters from stressed communities, along with teachers, caregivers, and youth workers.  This week is Trafficking in Persons Week in Jamaica. I am not sure if many Jamaicans have fully grasped the meaning, depth, and significance of this … More The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence

Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?


July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?

Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh


My friend, the quietly dynamic publisher Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Banyan Books sent me this information on three great authors for young adults, who will be traveling to the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer. I reviewed the novel “Children of the Spider” by Guyana’s Imam Baksh two years ago, here. It was a … More Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh