“I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

Our recently installed Poet Laureate, Olive Senior, has pledged to help foster environmental awareness through her poetry. She was guest speaker at this year’s World Poetry Day celebration organised by the National Library of Jamaica in partnership with UNESCO – a virtual event, of course. I am hoping that next year we will all be … More “I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

It’s been one of those weeks that makes you weary. But, we toil on. The New Year (which we welcomed in rather muted fashion) already seems old. However, we were described by one overseas media house as a “gutsy” island. Sometimes one just feels tired. Perhaps it’s the humid, not-quite-ready-to-rain weather in Kingston. Nevertheless, let … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

Tribe Sankofa Heads to Barbados for Carifesta

Tribe Sankofa is a six year-old drama troupe that has continuously pushed the boundaries. Founded by its Artistic Director Fabian Thomas – a strong and passionate Jamaican – it does not flinch from challenging topics. Plus, it is enormously talented. This summer, the Tribe (albeit reduced in size) is traveling to Barbados for Carifesta! They … More Tribe Sankofa Heads to Barbados for Carifesta

Bookish Delights: Highlights of the Kingston Book Festival 2016

Last week (March 5 – 12) was a delight. It was the Kingston Book Festival 2016. Spirited discussions took place. There were insightful information sessions, entrancing readings of poetry and prose…and the Kingston Book Fair, bright, noisy and fun. Throughout the week and at every event, there was busy networking, quiet sharing of ideas, mutual … More Bookish Delights: Highlights of the Kingston Book Festival 2016

Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015

A small and rather weak tropical storm named Danny is trundling its way into the Caribbean. We might get some rain, and we do need more – much more, to ease the drought. But Kingstonians generally seem less miserable than they did last week (or perhaps it’s just me, as I am feeling better physically … More Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015

LB Graduates “Poised for Advocacy”

“Live. You are beautiful! Live. Live. Live.” The warmly eloquent artist/activist/poet Fabian Thomas embraced the graduates of J-FLAG’s LB (Lesbian/Bisexual) Public Policy Training Program with these words. There were hugs, there was humor and an undercurrent of slightly nervous anticipation that is often a hallmark of graduation ceremonies. But this was something special. As keynote … More LB Graduates “Poised for Advocacy”