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Funso Aiyejina Funso Aiyejina was born in Nigeria and is a Professor of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies (UWI)-Trinidad. As UWI’s Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities  and Education, he headed the Symposia of CARIFESTA (2006). Best known as a poet, Aiyejina’s first book, A Letter to Lynda and Other Poems, was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors’ prize (1989). His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry, in which he was described as “one of Nigeria’s finest satirists.” His stories and plays have been read and dramatized over the radio in Nigeria and England. Aiyejina’s first short stories book, The Legend of the Rockhills, won the Best First Book for Africa in the 2000 Commonwealth Writers competition. Dr. Aiyejina is the author of I, The Supreme and Other Poems (2004) and Self-Portraits: Interviews with Ten West Indian Writers and Two Critics (2003); editor of Earl Lovelace: Growing in the Dark (2003); and co-editor of Caribbean Literature in a Global Context (2006). The Fulbright lecturer wrote the introduction to The House That Jack Built  and Other Plays (2003) by Louie Laveist.

Rhoda ArrindellRhoda Arrindell heads the Language Division at the University of St. Martin, where she lectures in English Composition, Caribbean Literature, and Elements of Literature. Arrindell holds a master’s in education administration (University of the Virgin Islands) and a propaedeuse diploma in law (University of the Netherlands Antilles). Arrindell is a doctoral candidate in linguistics, with a specialization in Creole languages at the University of Puerto Rico. From 1994-1998, she was the coordinator for Turning Point, a drug rehabilitation foundation. She was an editor for The Progressive in the late 1980s and copy editor for The Chronicle in the late 1990s. The current editor of EnviroNews magazine is the senior freelance editor for House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). In 2003, she was an instructor for the HNP Creative Writing Program. Arrindell has presented scholarly papers on St. Martin’s literature and culture at regional conferences. The mother of two is the founder of the United Volleyball Club Youth Program.

Camille AubaudeCamille Aubaude was born on October 13, 1959, in Paris, France. She studied and taught at the University Paris III, Sorbonne, and holds a docteur es lettres in French literature. Her research created a “nouveau mythe littéraire,” wrote Claude Pichois, a Gérard de Nerval scholar. Early in her literary career, Aubaude began writing poetry. In 1993, she published Lire les Femmes de Lettres, an important essay on women writers. Her titles include Le voyage en Egypte de Gérard de Nerval (1997) and Nerval Et Le Mythe D’Isis (1997). Her book, Ivresses d’Égypte (2003), established Aubaude among notable contemporary writers as “une impressionnante aventure intellectuelle et personnelle,” wrote Julia Kristeva. She has taught in Egypt, Algeria, the USA, and in Jordan at the Yarmouk University. Aubaude has participated in literary conferences and poetry festivals in France (Sorbonne, “Maison de la Poésie”), Israel, Mexico, Dominican Republic, USA, Syria, and Jordan. Awards include a research grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fabian Adekunle BadejoFabian Adekunle Badejo is the author of Claude - A Portrait of Power (1989) and Salted Tongues – Modern Literature in St.Martin (2003). He wrote profiles for St. Martin Massive! A Snapshot on Popular Artists (2000) and served as a consultant on the book GEBE Through The Years – Power To Serve (2006). His paper, “Negritude in the forgotten territories: Lasana Sekou and Aimé Césaire,” was presented at the Senghor Colloquium (UWI-Cave Hill) in 2006. Badejo has produced concerts by kaisonian Mighty Dow and humorists/storytellers Paul Keens Douglas and Fernando Clark. He has directed plays, monologues and film documentaries in St. Martin and abroad and presented scholarly papers on the island’s literature at regional conferences. In 2003, Badejo conducted the “New Forms of Writing” course for HNP’s Creative Writing Program. Between 1989 and 2005, the former Nigerian diplomat was managing director/editor, publisher and news director respectively of The St. Maarten Guardian, St. Martin Business Week, and Today newspapers. Badejo is the producer/host of Culture Time (PJD-2) and editor of

Marion Bethel  is from The Bahamas. The Cambridge University graduate is an attorney and writer of poetry, short stories, and essays. She has been published in journals such as Lignum Vitae, The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo and Moving Beyond Boundaries; and has edited the Poetry from the Bahamas feature for The Caribbean Writer (Vol. 13, 1999). Bethel’s work has been published in From The Shallow Seas and Junction, anthologies of Bahamian prose and poetry. The James Michener Fellow has been a guest writer at the Miami International Book Fair, the Caribbean Women Writers Series, Duke University, the XVI International Poetry Festival of Medellin, and the International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong. In 1994, Bethel won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Prize (Poetry) for Guanahani, My Love. In 1997, the author was awarded the Alice Proskauer Poetry Fellow at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University. She is working on a new poetry collection and a novel.

Kamau BrathwaiteKamau Brathwaite, Ph.D. (University of Sussex), was born in Barbados in 1930. Co-founder of Caribbean Arts Movement (CAM) in the UK, he has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA. Brathwaite has served on the board of directors of UNESCO’s History of Mankind project since 1979, and is cultural advisor to the Barbados government. The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy (1973), X/Self (1987), Middle Passages (1992), Words Need Love Too (2000), and Born to Slow Horses (2005) are among Brathwaite’s books that have maintained his international standing as a distinguished writer, poet, and dramatist. The former University of the West Indies lecturer lives in Barbados and New York, and teaches comparative literature at New York University. Awards and honors include the Fulbright Fellowship, Bussa Award, and Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism. In 2006, Brathwaite won the International Griffin Poetry Prize (Canada) and the USM President Award (St. Martin Book Fair).

Stéphane G. Brooks Stéphane G. Brooks was born in St. Martin and studied in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies and the United Theological College of the West Indies. He is a minister of the Gospel in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. Minister Brooks has visited and worked in various countries and territories in the Caribbean, where he ministered with hundreds of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. He believes that the Church, through its community gatherings, is called heal individuals, communities and nations. The husband and father of three, pastors the Guadeloupe mission of the Methodist church. Minister Brooks is the coordinator of the NGO Chrétiens et Sida (Christians and AIDS), Guadeloupe. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in business management from ESSEC School of Management. HIV/AIDS – A Christian Perspective of Healing for the Caribbean is his first book.

Gény Cointre, educational psychologist, poet, is a native of Guadeloupe. She settled in St. Martin in 2003. Her self-published collections are Poems in Rainbow (1999) and New Rainbow (2002). The latter title has a companion CD of poems recited in Creole.



Wendy-Ann DiazWendy-Ann Diaz is a social studies teacher at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School in St. Thomas, USVI. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, she attended Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas. Diaz holds a BA in history and another in psychology from Florida State University. Well known as an academic and civic activist, particularly for the improvement of student life and scholastic achievement, Diaz has initiated or organized the CORE Reading Program, Hands Across the Campus, Students School Improvement Committee (SSIC), and the Tshwane 3D Intervention Program at Addelita Cancryn. With a number of nominations for Teacher of the Year and the Heath Award (VI Humanities Council), she is a Women Pioneering the Future for Children awardee. Claude’s Adventure, first book from this writer of songs, poetry, plays, and stories was published by House of Nehesi Publishers in 2007.

Bernadette Hassell, coordinator of “In The Children’s Room” workshop for the St. Martin Book Fair. The founder of Readers Circle, a book club for children ages 9 to 16, have been involved with after-school tutoring for students since 1994.


Dr. Jay B. Haviser Dr. Jay B. Haviser has been the Archaeologist for the Netherlands Antilles since 1982. He received his doctorate in Archaeology from Leiden University, Netherlands, in 1987. His books include, The First Bonaireans (1991), African Sites Archaeology in the Caribbean (1999), and African Re-Genesis (2006). Dr. Haviser has been the president of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology for eight years. He is the senior regional representative for the Caribbean in the World Archaeological Congress past-president of the Museums Association of the Caribbean. Dr. Haviser is the director of a Youth and Science program in St. Martin (SIMARC).

Kendel HippolyteKendel Hippolyte was born in St. Lucia in 1952. During the 1970s, Hippolyte lived in Jamaica as a student and then teacher. This period of radical politics and Black consciousness had, according to him, “A lasting influence on my life, though if the choice had to be made between going on a political rally or theatre rehearsal, it was usually the latter.” The poet, dramatist, and co-founder of the Lighthouse Theatre Company lives in St. Lucia. His work has been published in The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse, Voiceprint, Caribbean Poetry Now, Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. Hippolyte’s books of poetry are Bearings (1986), Birthright (1997), and Night Visions (2006).

Sidonia HodgeSidonia Hodge is a St. Martin poet who started writing poetry in elementary school. Her poems often reflect on the social ills facing the St. Martin society. Hodge has been a high school Social Science teacher for the past six years; and has headed the vocational college St. Maarten Institute for Hospitality & Technology (SMITH). In 2002, she delivered the Conscious Lyrics (CLF) annual Black History Celebration lecture. In March 2007, Hodge recited her poetry at the Caribbean edition of the Winternachten international literature festival.

Jocelyne Illidge, banking officer, Banque Française Commerciale (BFC), St. Martin.

F. Abiola IreleF. Abiola Irele  born in Nigeria, and teaches at Harvard. The expert in French and comparative literatures, who was Professor of French and Chair of the Modern Languages Department at the University of Ibadan, studied in Africa and Europe. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). His publications include The African Experience in Literature and Ideology and annotated editions of Selected Poems by Leopold Sedar Senghor and Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal. Irele co-edited The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature with Simon Gikandi and was a contributing editor to the Norton Anthology of World Literature. When Oxford University Press published Prof. Irele’s The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., wrote, “Abiola Irele is not only one of the most prominent African critics writing today, but an intellectual figure of commanding importance in an international frame.”

Earl LovelaceEarl Lovelace (b. 1935, Toco, Trinidad), novelist, playwright, short-story writer, essayist. Among his books are the novels While Gods Are Falling (1964), The Schoolmaster (1986), The Dragon Can’t Dance (1979), and The Wine of Astonishment (1982); the collections Jestma’s Calypso And Other Plays (1984) and A Brief Conversion and Other Stories (1988); and Growing in the Dark (Selected Essays) (2003). The challenges of building a new nation in the aftermath of colonialism is addressed in his award-winning novel Salt (1997). Awards and honors include the British Petroleum Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Commonwealth Writers Best Book Prize, Pegasus Literary Award “for outstanding contribution to the Arts in Trinidad and Tobago,” and the Chacoma Medal (Gold) by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies. According to the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature (2006), Lovelace “is considered one of the major twentieth-century Caribbean writers.”

Greta Marlin Greta Marlin was born in Barbados and has lived in St. Martin for nearly 30 years. Her first book, A Job Well Done, Memories for a Lifetime (2005), is a collection of uncommonly personal and hilarious stories about the airline industry and travel experiences. Marlin’s second title, a children’s book, Hoppy Bunny and the Hopping Competition, was published in 2006.

Wilma E. Reverón-CollazoWilma E. Reverón-Collazo is an attorney practicing employment, civil rights and family law in Puerto Rico. The graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (UPR) is a former vice president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association (2000-2002) and president of the Commission for Human Rights of the Puerto Rico Bar Association (1998-2000). She is a member of the Commission on Constitutional Development of the Puerto Rico Bar Association. Reverón-Collazo is the president of the Committee of Puerto Rico at the United Nations, dedicated to work on the decolonization of Puerto Rico before the United Nations Committee on Decolonization. The attorney has made presentations before the United Nations Decolonization Committee, special tribunals on issues of Human Rights on the struggle to oust the US Navy from the Island of Vieques, and at conferences on civil rights, repression and decolonization both in Puerto Rico and the USA. She has taught the history of law and the constitutional history of Puerto Rico and the United States at UPR and Brooklyn College. Reverón-Collazo articles have appeared in Claridad and El Nuevo Día newspapers in Puerto Rico.
Clara ReyesClara Reyes, MFA (SUNY College at Brockport) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is the founder of the Imbali Center for Creative Movement, where she teaches dance and “the philosophy and love for dance.” Her master’s thesis is the first study of the Ponum, St. Martin’s national dance. Reyes choreographed the national dance for the Ponum documentary film, which is in production at House of Nehesi Publishers. Reyes is a recipient of the Conscious Lyrics “Personality of the Year Award” and a teacher at the St. Maarten Academy. In 2004, the John Larmonie Center for Creative Arts named one of its dance halls in honor of this first lady of St. Martin dance. Her staged works include Emancipation, In the Company of Women (2003), Ponum the Musical – St. Martin’s Dance of Liberation (2003), and St. Martin Is My Home (2006)
Max RipponMax Rippon, Marie Galante, Guadeloupe, is the author of nine books of poems, essays on tourism, and narratives. His titles include Pawòl naïf (1987), Agouba (1993), Le Dernier Matin – Récit (2000), and Six virgule trios – Secousses à Terre-de-Bas (2007). His books are taught in Schools in St. Martin and Guadeoupe. Rippon is a strong advocate of Kwéyòl as a popular and literary language.

Emilio Jorge RodríguezEmilio Jorge Rodríguez, Cuban essayist and literary critic. He has been a researcher with Casa de las Américas’ Center of Caribbean Studies (1979-2000); director of the Center of Caribbean Studies (1994-98); and founder/editor of the academic journal Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). Rodríguez coordinated the Caribbean research group for Diccionario Enciclopédico de las Letras de América Latina (1996); and served as a member on the board of advisers of the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature (2006). Among his books are Literatura caribeña; bojeo y cuaderno de bitácora (1989); (coordinator) Religiones Afroamericanas (1996); and Acriollamiento y discurso escrit/oral caribeño (2001). Awards include a Fundación Nicolás Guillén Fellowship (2001) and the Latin America and Caribbean Third Millennium Essay Prize (2001).
Angelo RombleyAngelo Rombley, founder, Big Eye Opener Studios, Inc.. The award-winning senior graphics designer has worked with Fortune 500 and leading graphic design companies. Rombley is also a digital artist whose work has been exhibited at the Artists’ Corner, Marigot, St. Martin and the New York State Museum, NY, USA.


Jacqueline A. SampleJacqueline A. Sample, founder, JAL Creations; immediate past-president, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. (BDA), New York; president, House of Nehesi Publishers Foundation.





Juliette SméraldaJuliette Sméralda, Ph.D., sociology, was born in Martinique and lives in France. She is a professor and associate researcher at the University of Marc Bloch, Strasbourg II. Sméralda’s research and articles on sublects such as “crossbreeding” in slave societies and resulting the lack of social cohesion in Martinique; prostitution in the Caribbean; the aesthetic preferences of Black men when searching for a female partner; and the affect of skin color on interracial couples have been published in journals, books, and presented at conferences. Sméralda is the author of Peau noire, cheveu crépu l’histoire d’une alienation (Black Skin, Frizzy Hair – A History of Alienation) (2005).
Rueben J. ThompsonRueben J. Thompson, project manager, Love the Lagoon Project, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC). He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Management and has worked with Nature Foundation and served as an environmental consultant to NGOs in St. Martin. Thompson is a Rotaract member who loves to “meet people and contribute to the community.”

Gregory Thomson, MS, consultant, All Basic Services Foundation
Sherezada “Chiqui” ViciosoSherezada “Chiqui” Vicioso is an essential poet, playwright and essayist of the Dominican Republic. Her master’s in education and post-graduate studies in cultural administration were obtained, respectively, from Columbia University and Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil. Vicioso has worked for various agencies of the UN as a consultant. She is currently Ambassador for Women, Children and Adolescent issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of her country. Chiqui Vicioso has authored 19 books, including the seminal poetic biographies of the writers Julia de Burgos of Puerto Rico, and Salomé Ureña and Aída Cartagena Portalatín of the Dominican Republic; and a biography of a Bolivian female urban guerrilla. Awards and honors include the Anacaona de Oro (literature) and the Premio Casandra for the play Salomé U: cartas a una ausencia. Eva/Sion/s (2007, House of Nehesi Publishers) is the first book by this important Caribbean author to be published simultaneously in three languages.


Meet and talk with our St. Martin and visiting
authors, workshop coordinators and booksellers.
Enjoy exciting workshops, general sessions, book
buys and book signings throughout this three-
day book fair for the entire family ... at the
University of St. Martin, Maison des Enterprises,
Belair Health & Fitness Club, American University
of the Caribbean, and high schools throughout
St. Martin.


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