The Caribbean Writer
Editor Opal Palmer Adisa decided to focus this special, silver anniversary issue on Haiti to pay homage to their survival of the 2010 earthquake, that devastated the country, and to commemorate their role as freedom fighters.
Volume 25 features prose and poetry by some of Haiti's local as well as internationally celebrated writers such as Edwidge Danticat, winner of the 2009 Fellow 'Genius Award,' Evelyne Trouillot, novelist and professor at Haiti's State University and Marilene Phipps- Kettlewell, winner of the Iowa Award for short fiction. It also showcases the works of emerging Haitian-American voices such as Mchelle Y. Remy and Wilna Julmiste.
The Caribbean Writer goes bi-lingual with this volume, English and French, forging ahead to reach a wider readership in the Caribbean region, as well as positioning itself for a more diverse international market. Also featured in this 640-page volume are 70 pages of poetry by some of the leading Caribbean poets, including Kamau Brathwaite, Jennifer Rahim, Ernest Pepin, and Sonia Sanchez, plus 100 pages of prose, a special section of Haitian Art, and interviews with Earl Lovelace, who recently won the 2011 Carribbean Literary Prize, and Trinidad- American writer Elizabeth Nunez.
An international literary journal published by the University of the Virgin Islands, The Caribbean Writer showcases the literary production and visual works by Virgin Islanders as well as others from the greater Caribbean region. The cover art work features the painting of Pasko "Easter Rock" Merisier, a renowned Haitian painter who resides between Haiti and France.
This book is historical and a collector's item for its emphasis on Haiti, its assemblage of many of the most important Caribbean writers today, and its bi-lingual content this year.
The Silver Anniversary/Volume 25 of The Caribbean Writer is available at the UVI bookstore and Undercover Books in Gallows Bay. For other locations and more information, call 340-692-4152 or visit www.thecaribbeanwriter.org