Calabash: A Journal of Carribean Arts and Letters
Volume 1, Number 2 / Spring-Summer 2001


OPAL PALMER ADISA writes what writes her, poems, stories, introspections. Her forthcoming novel, No Regrets, continues her style of fusing Caribbean and African folk-magic. Her other works are: It Begins With Tears, (novel); Leaf-of-Life; Tamarind and Mango Women; Traveling Women (poetry). She has read and has been published internationally.

GIBI BACILIO, from Curaçao, is both a writer and a prolific performer of his own poetry. He studied theater in the Netherlands, but came back to his native island, where he obtained a job in the field of education. 'Kueru market (Branded) published in 2000 by Carilexis is his first volume of poetry. Bacilio has a long history of reciting poetry, going back to as early as the "roaring sixties".

FABIAN ADEKUNLE BADEJO, who studied Caribbean literature in Spain, is an author and former Nigerian diplomat who has made St. Martin his home since 1981. In the early 1980s he was the director of the St. Maarten Council on the Arts, and from 1989 to the late 1990s he was the editor of the daily newspaper The St. Maarten Guardian. In 1989, Badejo’s Claude—A Portrait of Power was published by IFE International Publishing House. He has been deeply involved with the cultural and social life of the island, and has done extensive writing on politics and current affairs, and on the nation’s artists and artistic life. Badejo is one of the primary writers of the profiles in the book St. Martin Massive! A Snapshot on Popular Artists (House of Nehesi Publishers, 2000).

CAROLLE BOURNE, a product of St Vincent, Windward Islands, began a writing career in Trinidad as an advertising copywriter, moving on to journalism and the United States before settling in Barbados in the late seventies. A writer for all seasons, there's a poetry collection set for publication in 2001.

DOMINIQUE BREBION Titulaire d'un DEA de lettres modernes Les Armes Miraculeuses D'aimé Césaire et Les Armes Enchantées de Wijredo Lam ou le Dialogue du Scriptural et de Figural. Diplomée de L'Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme (Paris); Conseiller pour les arts plastiques á la Direction R&eacutp;gionale des Affaires culturelles de Martinique (Ministere de la Culture) depuis 1987; Vice - présidente de l'AICA Caraibes du sud; Fondatrice de la revue ARTHEME.

MICHAEL A. BROWN Received his BA (honors) in art history from McGill University in Montreal and MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where he is currently a PhD candidate. His areas of research include Spanish art of the 17th and 18th centuries, Latin American art during the colonial period, and 20th century Mexican and Puerto Rican art. He is currently working on a doctoral dissertation on portraiture in Mexico and the Spanish Caribbean during the 17th and 18th centuries.

MICHELA A. CALDERARO, an associate editor of CALABASH, teaches English and postcolonial literature at the University of Trieste (Italy). She has written numerous articles on, among others, Henry James, Laurence Sterne and Lord Byron, as well as a book on Ford Madox Ford. Her critical study of James Joyce's Dubliners is due out by the end of the year. Ms. Calderaro currently works on Anglophone Caribbean women writers and is completing a comparative study of Creole writers Jean Rhys, Phyllis Shand Allfrey and Eliott Bliss.

MYRIAM J.A. CHANCY, is a Haitian writer, poet and essayist. Her most recent books are Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers UP, 1997) and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple UP, 1997); the latter is a recipient of an Outstanding Academic Book Award from the editor's of Choice, the journal of the American Library Association. The interview in CALABASH is part of a longer dialogue which will appear in her upcoming work, Indigo Dreams: Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of two novels, Breath, Eyes, Memory, and The Farming of Bones, and a collection of short stories, Krik? Krak! She is also the editor of The Beacon Best of 2000 and The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States

GERARD DAPENA is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the City University of New York. He is also a faculty member at Parsons School of Design. His dissertation examines the dialogue between Spain's cinema and its pictorial tradition in the early Post-Civil War era. His research interests include Latin American Art and cinema.

Aruba born NYDIA ECURY has lived in Curaçao since 1957. For the past 42 years she has been active as an actress of stage and screen, a translator of plays into her native language, Papiamentu, a writer of poetry and prose in Papiamentu, English and Dutch. She has published five poetry collections and various children's stories. Ecury has represented the Netherlands Antilles more than 20 times during literary festivals in the Caribbean region, in Venezuela, in Holland and in the U.S. She is best known for her poetry recitals, mostly with musical accompaniment. Her one-woman show of 1980 had nostalgic repeat performances. For her cultural contributions she has been awarded two decorations by the Dutch Royal House. Professionally, Nydia Ecury was an English teacher in government service until 1987. Her brother, Boy Ecury, is the Aruban World War II hero. Studying in Holland, when the war broke out, he joined the Resistance; he was caught and put to death by the then enemy when he refused to betray his comrades. The Aruba community has erected a monument in the capital of Oranjestad to honour his heroic deeds.

WINSTON FARRELL is the Cultural Arts Officer at the Barbados Youth Service. As a theater arts practitioner, Winston has been consistent as an actor for 25 years performing in over two dozen plays. His poetry has been published in a number of journals and anthologies. He is also a well known dub/performing poet.

SAM GARRETT'S translations of narratives and poetry have appeared in many publications. Born in the United States, he lives in Amsterdam where he is a poet and a freelance translator.

SHAYLA HAWKINS is a 24-year-old native Detroiter whose writings have been appeared in, among other publications, California Quarterly, Maryland Review, Windsor Review, Paris/Atlantic, and Poets & Writers. She currently works as an associate editor, but would instantly leave the United States and become a full-time Caribbean beachcomber if she could afford it.

JOHN KEENE is the author of the award-winning novel Annotations and the recently completed poetry collection Heroic Figures. His work, which has been published widely, has garnered numerous honors. He has taught at NYU for several years and currently is the Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University.

DEANNE KENNEDY is a Barbadian writer, poet and artist. She also does political cartoons, illustrates Christmas cards and paper, and makes original, one of a kind dolls. Her work has been published in five 'International Society of Poetry' anthologies, as well as in several collections in her own country. In September 1999 she received an International Poet of Merit Award in Washington D.C. and in October 1999 she was invited to perform at a concert by a Barbadian group in Boston, as she writes in Barbadian dialect, and also writes and sings her own calypsoes. Deanne is married with three children.

From Kingston, Jamaica, SHARA MCCALLUM was raised there and in the U.S. Currently she lives in Tennessee and teaches at the University of Memphis. Her first book of poems, The Water Between Us, was published in 1999.

TONY MONSANTO was born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles in 1946. His family moved to the Netherlands when he was nine years old. He was educated at the State Academy of Fine Arts (Rijksacademie voor beeldende kunst), Amsterdam. He also graduated as an architect from the University of Delft, the Netherlands and has worked in Germany, the Netherlands and Curacao (Netherlands Antilles). Since 1992 he has worked exclusively as a visual artist, and lives in Curaçao.

HILDA VAN NECK-YODER is Professor of Comparative Literature at Howard University. She has published on Caribbean literature and was the guest editor of the special issue of Callaloo on the literature of the "Dutch" Caribbean (21.3, 1998).

GERTHIE OWTRAM, a New Yorker, holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. She spent several years as a professional journalist with CBS News, Newsweek and Associated Press as a reporter/researcher in New York and the West Indies. In addition to being previously published in CALABASH, she has also published articles in Islander Magazine and in The Journal of Specialized English of the University of the French West Indies, where she taught English for a number of years. She is presently on sabbatical from her position as Head of the Foreign Language Division for the Chamber of Commerce in Martinique. Married with a son, she lives in the French West Indies and in New York where she produces a television series for Manhattan Neighborhood Network cable stations.

ERNEST PEPIN is a novelist and a poet, born in Guadeloupe in 1950. He was the recipient of several prizes and awards. His work includes 3 novels: L'Homme au baton, Tambour-Babel, Le tango de la haine.

FELIX DE ROOY isa filmmaker, visual artist, writer and theater-director, de Rooy, who was born in Curaçao, has lived in Surinam and New York, and presently lives in the Netherlands. He obtained a Master's of Fine Arts in film directing from New York University. Presently, he teaches film directing and film analysis at The Open Studio in Amsterdam. He is also a columnist for Contrast, a weekly magazine. Mr. de Rooy has been awarded numerous awards for his creative works, and has been included in several exhibitions. His films, Ava and Gabriel and Almacita diDesolato, are very well known.

ROBERT EDISON SANDIFORD isa Canadian writer of Barbadian descent whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Another Chicago Magazine, Caribbean Travel & Life, Paramour, and The Comics Journal, among other publications. He is the author of Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Stories (Empyreal Press/The Independent Press, Montreal) as well as Attractive Forces and the forthcoming Stray Moonbeams (NBM Publishing, New York). He is also the arts and entertainment editor of The Nation newspaper in Barbados. Recently, he completed his first full-length novel, Squirrels.

HAZEL SIMMONS-MCDONALD is a St. Lucian who teaches Applied Linguistics at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. She writes poetry and fiction for adults and children. Her work has appeared in the following journals: Savacou, The Literary Review, Malahat Review and Pathways as well as in anthologies of Caribbean poetry. Hazel organises the Summer workshops in creative writing for the Cave Hill campus.

MONIQUE S. SIMON was born in Antigua and raised between the islands of St. Thomas, USVI and Antigua. She is currently working on her short story collection. Her collection examines the lives of seven women who confront "un-wellness" in their personal lives and work towards healing in uniquely Caribbean ways. The stories culminate in a final, mythical tale in which the women's lives cross paths in a communal healing.

EDWARD J. SULLIVAN is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts of New York University. He has published numerous books, articles and exhibition catalogues on Latin American and Caribbean art.

JUNE SPALDING lives in Florida, where she teaches literature and composition at Palm Beach Community College. In addition to writing poetry, she is working on her first novel. Her poems have been published in Seeds, Healthy Woman, and Link.

LASANA M. SEKOU is the author of ten books of poetry, monologues, and short stories. He is the editor of National Symbols of St. Martin - A Primer, on the culture, historical personalities, and natural environment of the Caribbean island of St. Martin (1996), and The Independence Papers — Readings on a New Political Status for St. Maarten/St. Martin, the nation's first compilation of political essays (1990). In 1991, Sekou was the executive producer for Fete— The First Recording of Traditional St. Martins Festive Music by Tanny & The Boys. During the mid-1980s he co-directed and wrote for Traditions, the annual drama extravaganzas that changed the face of theater in St. Martin. Sekou's books Nativity & Dramatic Monologues for Today (1988) and Love Songs Make You Cry (1989) have been classroom text at York University (Canada) and Kenyon College (USA), respectively. His poetry and short stories are taught in and selected for the exam-reading list of St. Martin's high schools and course material for the University of St. Martin.

VIRGIL SUAREZ was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. He is the author of four published novels: Latin Jazz, The Cutter, Havana Thursdays, and Going Under, and of a collection of short stories titled Welcome to the Oasis. With his wife Delia Poey he has co-edited two best-selling anthologies: Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction and Little Havana Blues: A Contemporary Cuban-American Literature Anthology. Most recently he has published an anthology of Latino poetry titled Paper Dance, co-edited with Victor Hernandez Cruz and Leroy V. Quintana, and his own collection of poetry and memoir titled Spared Angola: Memories From a Cuban-American Childhood His poetry, stories, translations, and essays continue to be published in journals and reviews the likes of TriQuarterly, Field, Cimanon, Meridian, Callaloo, The Ohio Review, The Caribbean Review, Salmagundi, New England Review, Ploughshares, The Mississippi Review, The Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner, and many others in the United States and abroad. His poetry and fiction have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and received one Pushcart Prize this year. He's also been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize twice. He is the recipient of a NEA and a Florida Individual Artist Grant. You Come Singing a new collection of poems, is out from Tia Chucha Press/ Northwestern University, as well as the limited edition book of poems titled Garabato Poems (Wings Press, San Antonio.) In The Republic of Longing a new collection, is out from Bilingual Review Press/Arizona State University. Next year Palm Crows, his fifth collection, will be out from the University of Arizona Press "Camino del Sol" Series. Currently he is at work on a new collection tentatively titled Caliban Ponders Chaos, from which the poems in this issue of Calabash are taken.

JOSEPH ZOBEL was born in 1915 in Martinique. He is the author of several novels and short-stories in which social issues are at the forefront. An award-winning movie, Sugar Cane Alley, was made after Zobel's famous novel, La Rue Cases-Negres. Joseph Zobel spent some time in Senegal, and lives now in the Southern part of France.

Born in Brokopondo, Suriname, DORUS VREDE records the oral culture of the Maroons of Suriname. He writes poetry in Saramaccan and in Sranan. Teacher, composer, and author, he has published widely, including in the 1998 special issue of Callaloo. Vrede received the 1996 SaAmeva Award for "Best Poet of the Interior." He lives in Paramaribo.

Currently the Acting Associate Director of the Africana Studies Program at New York University, CHRISTOPHER WINKS has published translations from French and Spanish in such journals as TDR and Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (whose Managing Editor he was between 1996 and 1999). He is currently working on a study of magic and invisible cities in Caribbean literature.


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