The Caribbean Writer

Volume 28 Book Launch Party

The Caribbean Writer’s Volume 28 Book Launch Party

The Caribbean Writer invites the general public to the Book Launch of Volume 28 on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 6-9 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories. It features insightful and exciting poetry, short-stories, one act plays, personal essays and book reviews by established as well as emerging writers from the entire Caribbean region, as well as the Caribbean diaspora. In addition, in recognition of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States,there are three (3) portraits of Virgin Islanders who lived during that period: Cyril Francois of St. Thomas, Marie Helener Branch nee Philips of St. Croix and Marjorie Clendinen a St. Thomian, with Crucian connections. This commemorative narrative was extensively researched by Edgar Lake, using historical documents, actual newspaper articles, and interviews with family members to construct a compelling story based on the facts of the day. Additionally, personal essays touch on experiences from the Bahamas, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica and others. The volume also features interviews with two of the Caribbean’s most prestigious writers, Derek Walcott from St. Lucia, poet and playwright, who won the Nobel Prize in 1992, and Edwidge Danticat of Haiti.

The cover “Boys at Play” is a painting by St Croix’s own, Marcia Jameson. The interior black and white photos were taken from Library of Congress collection of photos taken in 1941 by Farm Service Agency (FSA) Photographer, Jack Delano. Other Caribbean photos dating back to the 1930s are from the British archives.

The Caribbean Writer is an international literary journal published by the University of the Virgin Islands each year. To maintain its high standard, the local editorial board was comprised of Edgar O. Lake, President of the VI Historical Society, and professors from both UVI campuses, Vincent O. Cooper, Patricia Harkins-Pierre and David Gould.

Contributors to this issue will be present. There will be short readings of selections from the volume, plus music and refreshments.

For more information, you can contact Rosetta Romain at (340) 692-4152 or via email at

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