Ebony hails Caribbean poets

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Noted African-American glossy Ebony has named six Caribbean writers to watch this summer.

Published in its June edition, the magazine listed four Jamaicans -- Poet Laureate professor Mervyn Morris, Beverley East, Ann Margaret Lim and Roland Watson-Grant, along with Andrea Stuart from Barbados and the United States Virgin Islands' Tiphanie Yanique, as scribes readers should take the time to discover.

Ebony found these writers at this year's Calabash

Literary Festival, held in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth in May.

The magazine noted that in the presence of celebrated authors including Salman Rushdie, regional writers held their own.

"Equally thrilling though, was thepresence of literary voices from the Caribbean; writers that weave together tales of their homeland with precision and colorful narratives."

Ebony described Morris as "a master of evoking personal memories with wit and sentimentality. He is also not afraid to shift from

English to patois, exhibiting the complex history of the country."

East was praised for her work, Bat Mitzvah Girl, which chronicles her life in London, where she was raised by her parents and four Jewish women who were neighbours.

Of Lim, the magazine declared: "Lim's name is sure to be one that gains more attention in the coming years." And noted that Watson Grant's writing demonstrates how "how prose could both sting and elate all at once."

The detail of Stuart's writing, and a listing of Yanique's works capped the Calabash exposé in Ebony.

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