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Zena Edwards' evaluation poem picked as winner by Kendel Hippolyte

Zena Edwards' poem, written as an evaluative response to stimulus in Kendel Hippolyte's Inscribe workshop on poetry, was picked as the winner for the workshop contest.

The Vegan Burger Was Nice! 'Bijou' takes on a whole new meaning when filled with writers A treasure trove in a warehouse Concrete, cold - warm wordy women The overspill of sounds conflict Writery thoughts and liberation music collide. But it's people and community space that keep community alive.

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Nick Makoha wins 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

Congratulations to Nick Makoha, winner of the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for Resurrection Man, selected by Robin Coste Lewis. Nick will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy Hotel and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook. He will give a feature reading at the 2017 O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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Report on the launch of Kumina Queen by Monica Minott

If one was to believe in stereotypes, accounting would seem the profession least likely to produce a poet. Yet, Monica Minott, accountant by day, has been steadily and quietly crafting her poetry and gaining a modicum of attention since winning the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2009. Her recently unearthed collection Kumina Queen makes a great account of her place among contemporary Jamaican poets.

Read the full report at Susumba.

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Esther Phillips on her NIFCA and GG's Awards

by Esther Phillips

Every year in Barbados, the National Foundation for Creative Arts (NIFCA) runs a competition inviting entries from Barbadians across the Arts: culinary, performing, visual and literary. In each section, there is a professional category. The Governor General's Award for Excellence (official title) is given only in the professional category. The award comprises a plaque as well as BDS7,500.

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Launch: Shara McCallum's Madwoman at UWI, Mona

The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona will host the launch of Shara McCallum’s collection of poetry Madwoman on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), Faculty of Humanities and Education, at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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