The Caribbean Writer Pairs the Virgin Islands Online Literary Fest
The University of the Virgin Islands’ international journal The Caribbean Writer together with the Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair (VI Lit Fest) will host the 7th iteration of the literary celebration from April 30 to May 2, 2021 under the theme, “Diasporic Rhythms II: Interrogating the Past; Imagining a Future”. The festival will begin with Pre LitFest activities aimed at school children held during the morning hours of Friday, April 30 while the main part of the weekend program will be staged Saturday afternoon, May 1 from 1 to 6, and from 1 to 6 pm on Sunday, May 2. Award-winning authors and publishing agents taking part in the event include Edwidge Danticat, Kwame Dawes, Chika Unigwe, Canisia Lubrin, Vladimir Lucien, Shara McCollum, Jacqueline Bishop, Michela A. Calderaro, Mervyn Taylor, Sele Adeyemi, Stefan Carty, Tiphanie Yanique, Rozena Maart, Tobias Buckell, Cadwell Turnbull, Richard Georges and Biko McMillan, among others.
Throughout the three-day festival, these authors are expected to engage in discussions, conduct poetry and writing workshops, as well as offer editing and publishing tips.
Equally significant is that participants will take part in the launch of the 35th edition of The Caribbean Writer, a tribute to Caribbean literary genius and Editorial Advisory Board Member Edward Kamau Brathwaite. According to Program Chair Alscess Lewis-Brown, the issue is part of the collective outpourings of gratitude, remembrances and reminiscence lyricized in musings, tributes, celebrations of his life — a continual repast of ubiquitous reminders of his influence.