"The Caribbean Writer" - the Literary Gem of the Caribbean - has published a 2011 Calendar titled "12 Months of Art and Poetry," just in time for holiday giving. The calendar is a beautifully designed monthly guide to 2011, with each page a veritable keepsake and suitable for framing. The calendar is the first in a line of products that the "The Caribbean Writer" plans to launch in support of its efforts to promote fine literature and ensure the future of a solid literary tradition in the Virgin Islands and the greater Caribbean.
The calendar integrates visual art and poetry, featuring the work of local artists and poets. Featured artists included Judith King, Ginger Anderson, Sana Hamed-Asad, LaVaughn Belle, Cynthia Hatfield, Elizabeth Keith, Alexis Lavine, Elisa McKay, Opal Palmer Adisa, Dolores Petachenko, Maud-Pierre-Charles, Robbin Robertson Polter and Brenda Brown Taylor. Also included are the poetry of Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of "The Caribbean Writer," and local poets Edgar O. Lake, Winifred "Oyoko" Loving, Elaine Warren Jacobs and Tregenza A. Roach. Other featured poets, whose works have been published in the journal, include Michael Fraser, Ann-Margaret Lim, Nancy Anne Miller, Geoffrey Philp, Nadine Rogers, Berkley Wendell Semple and Virgil Suarez. Artists and poets donated their work.
This exclusive calendar sells for $20. Discounts - three copies for $50 and six copies for $100 - are available. Each page is designed with the optimum goal of visual as well as literary stimulation. In addition, the calendar lists the birth dates of some of the Caribbean's most important poets, all of the Virgin Islands holidays, the independence dates of all Caribbean islands, and other national holidays.
The calendar was funded by a generous donation from UVI - the Office of the Provost - and through sponsorships from Plaza Extra and Marshall & Sterling. Copies are available at Undercover Books, Treasure Attic Bookstore, the Fort Frederik Museum, the Danica Art Gallery and the Freudian Slip on St. Croix. On St. Thomas, they are sold at Dockside Bookshop and The Owl and The Seahorse.
Calendars are also available from the UVI Bookstores on both campuses and directly from the office of "The Caribbean Writer" by calling (340) 692-4152 or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.