Caribbean Women Writers – Woman 


May 13, 2011, Brooklyn

Published May 6, 2011

The compelling and varied literary styles of three eminently qualified women novelists take center stage at the latest monthly installment of Poets & Passion – Woman Tings! on May 13 in the Downtown section of Brooklyn.
The program features educators Marie Lily Cerat (Haiti) and Nandi Keyi-Ogunlade (Trinidad & Tobago), and journalist Rosalind McLymont (Guyana) as they pull from the folk traditions, personal experiences, and the headlines to weave compelling narratives that places female characters squarely at the heart of their stories.
Cerat’s contribution to Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat, tells of the vulnerability of youth and innocence betrayed; Keyi-Ogunlade’s The True Nanny Diaries chronicles the challenges of many an immigrant woman as she struggles to care for families in foreign lands while frequently having to neglect her own in a quest for the ‘American Dream’; and high-stakes international intrigue forms the backdrop for McLymont’s Middle Passage.
This post Mother’s Day program on Friday, May 13 begins at 7:30pm at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Court Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201.  For reservations and information contact the Caribbean Cultural Theatre: 718-783-8345
Initiated as a platform for Caribbean-American creative writers to present their work and network, the series has evolved into a curious mix literary salon featuring celebrated poets and novelists, emerging New York area talents, spoken work artists, and lovers of the written word. Now in its fifth season, this sharing of creativity, experience and insight has seen such renowned talents as poets Kamau Braithwaite (Barbados), and Linton Kwesi Johnson (UK), novelists E.R. Braithwaite (Guyana), and social commentator Beverly Anderson-Manley (Jamaica).
This program launches a month of presentations culminating with a word fest commemorating the programs 5th anniversary that features a dozen storytellers, novelists, poets and spoken word artists from seven different countries.  Dubbed an evening of letters, lyrics and Ol’ Talk, Celebration of the Word, takes place on June 12 and boasts many of the writers who have graced the stage of the Poets & Passion series over the past five years.