This year, we will produce a banquet of activities from literature to music to art, all signifying the crossings of Caribbean identity in America.
From dance, to literature, to music to orature, the canon has demonstrated that there are many voices who signify our experiences --- from Paule Marshall, through Michael Thelwell, through Aime Cesaire, Derek Walcott, Lorna Goodison, Rosa Guy to Malcolm Gladwell and Colin Channer. These travellers are among the many who cultiavte the ingreadients of the American melting pot. They cook up life with creativity. Lorna Goodison says "from root to leaf tip my every part has been employed to meet human need."
In bringing the Caribbean Arts and Humanities to Washington DC, we aim to create a stew -- a callalloo of sound and sight -- that will awaken the sense of the heart and serve up the SPICE of life. Through literature of the written word, the spoken word, of story and of song and dance, we will observe our impact on the weft and warp of the American fabric and indeed we shall be enlivened by the SPICE of Life!
BOOK FESTIVAL: Short Stories and Poems
As writers, we know how hard it is to get our work recognized, and as authors of work influenced by the Caribbean it is that much harder. This Festival seeks to share and celebrate the work of upcoming Caribbean writers, as well as established ones. It will be a platform for us to support each others' work and to highlight the influence we have had on other cultures.
We are seeking submissions of literature, fiction or creative non-fiction, from anyone who wants to be a part of this celebration. Caribbean writers have a unique voice and ICS would like to highlight the great stories and poetry that reflect those roots. In honour of Caribbean American Heritage Month, we would like to focus on integration of Caribbean nationals into American culture, so our theme this year will be: Losing and Rediscovering Caribbean Identity Abroad.
Applications are due by April 13. Five pieces will be chosen for showcasing on our website and at our book reading on June 11 at the PORTICO Book Store in Washington, D.C. You may submit two poems or one short story. The short story should be no more than 3,000 words, and the poem no more than 500 words each. The author should also include a short bio with their submission.
Please send all submissions or questions to Shanza Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK BAG: Reading at PORTICO
Our book reading this year will take place at the PORTICO Bookstore in Washington, D.C. We are seeking authors in the area who have recently published or are in the process of publishing new works. It will be a chance to engage with the Caribbean community and those who are interested in Caribbean Literature. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity please email email@example.com
Get more information at the AllSpice 2014 website.