|Book Display at WORD!|
This weekend I attended WORD! A Caribbean Book Fest, a small literary fest held at the Medgar Evers College at CUNY, It got off to a rocky start with the organisers shuffling the schedule to cover for people who showed up late or not at all. I sat on a panel with Jamaican children's author Kellie Magnus, a representative from the publishing house Akashic, and one other author. The attendance was sparse when the panel finally started, but by the end, the room, was packed, standing room only although chairs were added. The attendees of this panel were primarily writers, as eager to get tips on publishing and marketing as we were to impart them.
The event brought one thing home to me. I really need to get out more. Whether I am wearing my writer's hat or I am performing one of my many other jobs, I work from home, my social interactions primarily via the Internet. I enjoyed meeting other authors and listening to them read their work and talk about their craft. The evening ended with extraordinary poetry performances, new poets and established ones such as Adisa Andwele of Barbados. I left the event with my literary quiver fully armed with new acquaintances, encouragement, ideas, and a determination to be more visible in the world of Caribbean literature.