Two Seasons Talking Trees 2017 reader – Mutabaruka

Mutabaruka

Mutabaruka, dub poet, musician, actor, educator, and talk-show host. In recognition of his cultural contributions in 2016 he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 reader – Francina Cousins

Francina Cousins lives in Ewarton, St. Catherine where she was born. She recently graduated from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) with a first class honors degree in Literatures in English. While at The UWI she served in various capacities in a number of organizations, including the Mary Seacole Hall Committee and the University and Collages Christian Fellowship (UCCF) Executive. She was also the recipient of the West Indies Group of Teachers (WIGUT) Bursaries Scholarship (2014 and 2015), The Oliver F. Clarke Mentees Scholarship (2015) and was the winner of the Gloria Lyn Memorial Prize in 2015. She is currently teaching at the Bog Walk High School where she has founded the Writer’s Society and is the Youth President at the Charlemont Open Bible Church.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 – StepWise Band

StepWise Band, featuring Ras Katri, is the number one reggae band in the South St. Elizabeth area. The band consists of nine musicians including drums, bass, 2 keyboards, 2 guitars, 2 female vocalists and 1 male lead vocalist, sax and flute player.

Known for solid rhythms and sweet melodies and harmonies, Ras Katri and the StepWise Band together have an infectious sound, playing classic reggae hits.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 reader – Lorna Goodison, CD

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The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, through the agency of the National Library of Jamaica, is pleased to declare Lorna Goodison Poet Laureate of Jamaica for the period 2017 to 2020.  A superlative poet, with a high international reputation, she is in great demand for appearances on both sides of the Atlantic.  A few of her poems have appeared on the London Underground, a signal honour.

When her first book of poems, Tamarind Season, was published by the Institute of Jamaica in 1980, it announced an exciting new voice in West Indian poetry.  The title and the title-poem were themselves indicative of her creative, eye-opening way with Jamaican folk wisdom and culture.  In the years that followed, hers was to be no tamarind season, but a continuous, rich harvest of poetic delight and wisdom.  During these years, she has given the world eleven books of poetry, culminating this year with her Collected Poems.

Her poetic journey has been one of always honing her craft and deepening her exploration of the human condition.  She has drawn on a variety of poetic influences and represented a range of countries in which she has travelled, but always the journey, of craft, place and culture, has been grounded in her Jamaican beginnings and her sharp sense of our history.  Speaking for the deprived and the oppressed, she has chanted a song of resilience and redemption. She contributed definitively to West Indian and world poetry by giving voice to woman’s situation and self-realization.  She has celebrated movingly the nurture of her matrilineal heritage and its African sources.  Her poems in praise of her mother are classics.  Her prize-winning prose work, From Harvey River: a Memoir of My Mother and Her People, is illuminating complement and context for her poetry, as are her excellent short stories.

All that she has had to say has been said in a voice that moves with subtle craft, but naturally, easily along the range of Jamaican speech, and with deep responsiveness to Jamaican music, to jazz and the blues.  Her gift for painting carries over into her poetry, where her painterly eye conjures vivifying images and thought-provoking responses to the work of great artists.

She brings to the role of Poet Laureate an expertise in the teaching of creative writing, especially poetry, that has been developed over many years and on both sides of the Atlantic, starting decades ago at Jamaica College and the Jamaica School of Drama, and culminating at the University of Michigan, from which she retired in 2014 as Professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies.

Her overseas and international awards have included the 1986 Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas Region, Poet Laureate of the Durham Book Festival in 2012, Honorary Patron for the Bristol Festival in 2013, and Trinidad and Tobago’s 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry.

The poet has not been without honour in her own country, beginning as early as 1981, when she received the Institute of Jamaica’s Centenary Medal.  In 1999 she was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal, in 2007 the Prime Minister’s Medal, in 2013 the National Honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction, and in 2016, at the Mona campus, the University of the West Indies’ Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

With pride and joyful expectation, we welcome our new Poet Laureate, Lorna Gaye Goodison.  Poetry will prosper.

(Citation read by Prof Edward Baugh at the Ceremony of Investiture of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica, held May 17, 2017)

Lorna was the featured reader at Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta in 2015.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 reader – Ann-Margaret Lim

Jamaican poet Ann-Margaret Lim‘s second collection of poetry, Kingston Buttercup (Peepal Press), was published in 2016 and was one of three books named as a contender for the prestigious Bocas Lit Fest 2017 prize in the category of poetry. Her first collection, The Festival of the Wild Orchid (Peepal Tree Press, 2012), received a UK Guardian First Book nomination two months after its publication, and in February of 2013 was on the Bocas Prize long list, receiving Honourable Mention and was among four in the poetry category. She read from that collection at the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta – Kingston Edition in 2014.

She has been published in several local and international journals, anthologies, and in the two major Jamaican newspapers, and featured in Ebony Magazine’s “6 Caribbean writers to discover this summer”.

Her work has also been short-listed in the Small Axe Literary Competition (poetry); received the National Book Development Council of Jamaica’s Highly Recommended Award (2006) (poetry) and was Red Bones Poet of the Year (2005), and has been translated into Spanish.

Ann-Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature and has benefitted from workshops conducted by Wayne Brown, Mervyn Morris, and Kwame Dawes.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 reader – Margaret Bernal

Margaret Bernal is a sociologist, poet and cultural heritage specialist who has worked in the fields of cultural documentation, academic research, heritage tourism, public relations and community development throughout her professional career.

A Sociology graduate of the University of Nottingham, England, she returned to her birthplace, Jamaica, to join the staff of The University of the West Indies focusing on Caribbean Social and Cultural Heritage. She edited ARTS JAMAICA, the English-speaking Caribbean’s first visual arts magazine, and worked for many years with the Jamaica Tourist Board, pioneering the development of the island’s domestic tourism industry. Before going to the USA to take up diplomatic duties, Mrs. Bernal was Executive Director of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Jamaica.

Mrs. Bernal and her husband Ambassador Dr. Richard L. Bernal, O.J, served in Washington D.C. from May 1991 until August 2001. During the eleven-year diplomatic assignment, Mrs. Bernal worked actively with city, national and international interests, pioneering new areas of multicultural community exchange with the extensive Jamaican community in North America. She served as Founding Board Member of several philanthropic, cultural and development institutions, including the Kennedy Centre’s Very Special Arts. Mrs. Bernal coordinated the JAMAICA ARTISTS ALLIANCE, bringing together all Jamaican and Caribbean artists in North America, the CARIBBEAN REALITIES Fair, in the Spoleto Festival, Charleston, and JAM-FEST in Washington D.C. She was Commissioner of Jamaica In Venice, the island’s premiere entry in the 2001 Venice Biennale.

Her ongoing mission is to foster the cultural patrimony of Jamaica, to document its rich visual arts and cultural heritage and to promote and develop museums and cultural spaces island wide as catalysts for the economic empowerment of young Jamaicans.

In 2013 she published her first book of poetry: Island Reliquaries – Voices from a Jamaica Past (Arts Jamaica), to be followed by works InterWeave: Praise Poems to Jamaican Art ; and Up Mountain: Journeying poems through a Jamaican landscape to be released in 2017.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 reader – Cornel Bogle, GLMF Scholarship winner

Cornel Bogle was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a final year undergraduate student at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona, where he studies Literatures in English. In 2015 he was the recipient of an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship from the Government of Canada, which facilitated studies at Brock University. During his tenure at The UWI, Mona he has been the recipient of the Melvena Myrie-McKenzie Prize, The Ian Randle Prize, Gladwyn Turbutt Prize in European History, Vicens Prize, and most recently the Gloria Lyn Memorial Prize for West Indian Literature for 2016. Within the past two years he has worked in various capacities as tutor, editor, and research assistant in the fields of Caribbean-Canadian writing, masculinities, postcolonial literatures, and diasporic studies.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 – Children’s programme co-ordinator, Siseenia Moxam-Nelson

Siseenia Moxam-Nelson was born and raised in Treasure Beach. For the past ten years she has worked with three year olds at the Sandy Bank Early Childhood Institution in Treasure Beach. A member of the Treasure Beach Women’s Group (TBWG) for the past four years, she is the leader of the TBWG summer camp youth group and she also assists with children at the Billy’s Bay Learning Centre on Saturdays. Siseenia says, “to see children of various ages developing self-esteem, self-worth and to be knowledgeable brings joy to my heart”.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017 – Programme

Two Seasons Guest House, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth

Saturday, May 27, 2017

PROGRAMME

St. Bess, mi seh!

MC:  Fabian Thomas

9:00: Gates open

10:30 Fiesta Entree

Children’s programme: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. co-ordinated by Siseenia Moxam-Nelson

10:35: Success

Anthea Morrison, Senior Lecturer, Department of Literatures in English, UWI Mona

Cornel Bogle )

Francina Cousins )          GLMF prize winners

Karlene Johnson              )

11:00 Lovers Leap:

Yashika Graham

Roland-Watson Grant

Margaret Bernal

11:45 Music: Ras Katri

11:50 Poet Laureate: Lorna Goodison

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Fashion by MUTAMBA Designs

1:30 Open Mic

2:15 Junction

Kiddies Corner (performance from the Children’s programme),

Play – Daddy

Ann-Margaret Lim

3:00 Black River

Malachi Smith

Music by Ras Katri

Mutabaruka

3:45 Treasure Beach

Olive Senior

4:20: StepWise Band

5:30 Fiesta Farewell

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Workshops

 

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Moods, Music, Memories – Stephen “Ras Katri” Wise

Stephen “Ras Katri” Wise is a multi- instrumentalist musician (sax, flute, drums, keyboards) and vocalist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Stevie Wonder. He was featured on two of Wonder’s CDs “Jungle Fever” and “Characters”. Other names include Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men, The Roots, Britney Spears, and Teena Marie to name a few.

Ras Katri gained global visibility appearing and competing on Star Search reaching semi-finalist status. In 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and appeared on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles, California, he performed to embrace and honor him.

Besides being the bandleader for The Edge (wedding band in Philadelphia) and the StepWise Band (Reggae band in Jamaica), Stephen is also a songwriter and music producer who has produced 6 recorded albums/CDs  of his own original, thought-provoking music which can be found at CD Baby. He also produces and cultivates many upcoming artists, singers, poets and spoken word-ologists.

He collaborated with Two Seasons Guest House in the 2017  providing musical interludes during Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 27, and also facilitated the workshop, “Music as medicine” on Sunday, May 28, 2017/

 

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