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Caribbean Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou by Sara Florian

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (August 13, 2019)—The USA booklist from California’s Small Press Distribution (SPD) includes a new book published in St. Martin: Caribbean Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou by Sara Florian, PhD.

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Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary” concert

Poetry, stories, drama, and dance-theater performances at John Larmonie Center


GREAT BAY/MARIGOT, St. Martin (November 19, 2018)—The 40th anniversary concert of St. Martin’s Lasana Sekou as an author of over 20 books, takes place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).
“It’s a cultural event at the John Larmonie Center on Long Wall Road, next to the LB Scott Sports Auditorium,” said Reiph, who is also producer of the concert. read on…

Novelists of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao not known in wider Caribbean

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (June 16, 2017)—“A persistent ignorance about the Dutch Antilles literature exist among the English, Spanish, and French-speaking Caribbean.” That is how Emilio Jorge Rodríguez introduced a main idea of his paper, “Dutch Antilles Novelists and the Caribbean Literary Canon,” at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference in The Bahamas, June 7, 2017. read on…

St. Martin Book Fair presents books in Tortola

Great Bay, St. Martin (March 30, 2016)—The Virgin Islands Public Library has received a gift pack of books published in St. Martin as a promotion of the St. Martin Book Fair and of book publishing and literary readings in the Caribbean, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). read on…

Wanted: Poems for the New Virgin Islands Book of Poetry, Where I See the Sun

Great Bay, St. Martin (December 13, 2015)—Calling “All poets and spoken word artists from the Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke), including those studying or living abroad, to submit up to five poems” for a new poetry book to be published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). Where I See The Sun – Contemporary Poetry in the Virgin Islands is the working title for the planned book. Various subjects and writings styles are encouraged, said HNP president Jacqueline Sample. The submission deadline is February 19, 2016. read on…

Tell Me Again, Lasana M. Sekou’s Love Songs 

by Rochelle Ward

Unadulterated love and dizzying passion are the puppet masters that wind their fingers around the heartstrings of the characters that people the fives stories in Lasana Sekou’s newly published Love Songs Make You Cry – Second Edition. This love and passion drive the characters to what Blair’s father (one of the characters) describes as “grave and unmentionable consequences” – that cost them their trust, family or even their lives. But sometimes, like the floating sunbeams beneath the canopy of a dense forest, these same characters bask in the faint rays of redemption. read on…

Sekou keynote speaker at V.I. Writers Association first conference

Lasana Sekou
Great Bay, St. Martin (April 1, 2014)—St. Martin author Lasana M. Sekou was the keynote speaker at the first conference of the Virgin Islands Writers Association (VIWA) held in St. Croix on Monday, March 31, 2014, said VIWA principal Valerie Combie.
“One major concern of our writers is to get their work published. The committee thought that Mr. Sekou could enlighten us on the process by describing some of the challenges a writer may encounter, especially a writer in the Caribbean,” said Combie, who is an associate professor of English at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).
During his presentation Sekou pointed out challenges writers may face during the writing process and in preparing their manuscript for an agent or publisher to consider or review for publication. He also gave tips on tackling these challenges.
Sekou was also asked to “tell us about the possibility of having our work published by House of Nehesi Publishers,” said Combie. Sekou is the projects director at House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).
Valerie Combie,
UVI associate professor,
organizer of the Virgin Islands
Writers Association Conference
Mostly VI writers from St. Croix attended the one-day conference where about 10 writers read from their book or manuscript. One high school drama group performed three monologues. The conference started at 8 AM and concluded at 3 PM. UVI dean Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrikson, folklorist Wayne “Bully” Peterson, Annette Michael, Dr. Frank Mills, doctoral student Brianna J. Grantham, Dr. David Gould, and high school student Victoria Smith, were among the readers.
Sekou’s 50-minute presentation included a question-and-answer period and a reading from the French Quarter cockfight story is his book Brotherhood of The Spurs. He also promoted the upcoming 12th annual St. Martin Book Fair among conference participants.
The theme of the writers conference was “The Faces of V.I. Writers” – organized in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Writing Project and UVI. 


St. Martin: 2014 Black History Month Exhibitions

This year’s Black History Month salutes St. Maarten, as well, Caribbean, and African-American literature, history and culture. Right: Lasana M. Sekou. Picture taken at Philipsburg Jubilee Library

Fear of a Black Nation by Jamaica’s David Austin wins Casa Award for Caribbean Literature

Lasana Sekou (at microphone) announcing the coveted Casa prize for Fear of a Black Nation – Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin (Jamaica). (Photo: Casa de las Americas) 

Great Bay, St. Martin (February 18, 2014)—The winner of the Casa de las Américas Literary Award for Caribbean Literature (2014) is Fear of a Black Nation – Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin from Jamaica.

The winning book was announced by the St. Martin publisher/author Lasana M. Sekou at the announcement ceremony for the 55th anniversary of the Casa de las Américas prize in Havana on January 30. Sekou was in Cuba as one of 22 jurors, invited by Casa to review and analyze some 380 books submitted by Caribbean and Latin American authors for the Casa prize competition of 2014.


The jurors for the “Caribbean Literature in English or Creole” category called Fear of a Black Nation “an authoritative introductory text that extends significantly into the 21st century, the complex notions and indivisible historical realities of ‘nuestro caribe,’ ‘la America nuestra,’ and the ‘Black Power’ movements to Canada.” The prose non-fiction book was further described as “original, with extensive, integrative scholarship, and reader-friendly.” Austin, based in Canada, is considered to be a preeminent scholar on Black Power and Black Canadian and Caribbean politics.
After ten days of deliberation in Cienfuegos and Havana, said Jorge Fornet at the announcement ceremony, the jury awarded the Casa de las Américas Literary Award in the categories of short fiction, theater, essay, Brazilian literature, Caribbean literature in English or Creole, and women’s studies. Fornet is the director of the Center for Literary Research at Casa de las Américas.

“The Cuban-based Casa prize is the oldest and most prestigious pan-Caribbean award for literary excellence and undeniably one of the oldest and most coveted prizes for Latin American literature,” said Sekou. The Caribbean Literature prize consists of $3,000 or its equivalent in the corresponding national currency. In addition, the book receiving the award will be translated into Spanish and up to 10,000 copies will be published by Casa, according to the cultural and research institution.
The winning titles in the six categories for the Casa de las Américas Award 2014 are: short fiction, Cosas peores by Margarita García Robayo (Colombia); theater, Blanco con sangre negra by Aejandro Román Bahena (Mexico); essay (artistic and/or literary theme), José Lezama Lima: estética e historiografía del arte en su obra crítica by Carlos Orlando Fino Gómez (Colombia);  Brazilian literature, Marighella: o guerrilheiro que incendiou o mundo by Mário Magalhães; Caribbean Literature in English or Creole, Fear of a Black Nation – Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin (Jamaica); and women’s studies, La loca inconfirmable. Apropiaciones feministas de Manuela Sáenz (1944-1963) by Mariana Libertad Suárez (Venezuela).

Chilean author Alejandra Costamagna announcing the Casa award for Cosas peores by Margarita García Robayo (Colombia). (Photo: Casa de las Americas) 

Judges were able to grant a “mention” or “honorable mention” to non-awarded books that they felt should be acknowledged but “mention” books do not receive any reward from Casa de las Américas. However, the “mention” books were announced along with the Casa Award titles to the media and the some 200 guests at the announcement ceremony in the Che Guevara Hall of the iconic Casa building, said Sekou.
In the Caribbean literature category the honorable mention went to the prose fiction title The Night of the Rambler by Montague Kobbe (Anguilla). The Casa 2014 jurors came from Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, St. Martin, Puerto Rico, Dominican Rep., and Cuba.
Previous winners of the Casa literary prize include Kamau Brathwaite, Eduardo Hughes Galeano, Marion Bethel, Oonya Kempadoo, Roque Dalton, Jennifer Rahim, and Nicole Cage. Founded in 1959, “Casa de las Américas promotes, researches, supports, awards and publishes the work of writers, sculptures, musicians, and other artists and students of literature and the arts,” according to Wikipedia
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