December 1, 2008

Caribbean Poetry Night with Geoffrey Philp and Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Ricardo Pau-Llosa and Geoffrey Philp will be reading from their own work and that of other Caribbean poets on Saturday, December. 13, 2008, at 8 p.m. at the Morella Art Gallery, on the strip on Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, Florida. The reading will be in English.

The event is a celebration of the wondrous images and rhythms which emanate from the Caribbean—the world’s first true melting pot of races, cultures, religions and languages.

“Ricardo and I have wanted to read together for a very long time and after his reading at the Miami Book Fair International, he and I just sat down and worked out the details,” said Philp. “I’ve always admired Ricardo’s work and this will be an opportunity for us to share with others not only our own work, but the work of poets whose work has influenced us.”

Pau-Llosa adds, “The Caribbean is the mother of the New World. It is a paradoxical region—fragile and intense, a lush paradise that also gave birth to the first agro-industries on the planet, a setting that melds cultures and creeds but where ancient rites and beliefs thrive to this day. Its poetry captures all of this.”

Date: Saturday, December 13th

Time: 8 PM, with reception to follow the event

Morella Art Gallery
2029 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020


About the Writers:

Ricardo Pau-Llosa is a Cuban-American poet, pioneer art critic of Latin American art in the US and Europe, and author of short fiction. His books include Parable Hunter (2008), The Mastery Impulse (2003), Vereda Tropical (1999), and Cuba (1993)—all from Carnegie Mellon U Press. He was recently featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies. His website is

Geoffrey Philp is the Jamaican-American author of Benjamin, my son, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien, numerous poetry collections, and a children's book, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories. Geoffrey teaches English at Miami Dade College where he is the chairperson of the College Prep. Department at the North Campus. His next collection of short stories, Who's Your Daddy?: And Other Stories will be published by Peepal Tree Press in April 2009.


Annie Jeffries said...

Sure wish I lived closer to the neighborhood Geoff. I'd love to hear this. Annie

Geoffrey Philp said...

Great to hear from you, Annie!
Yeah, I think it's gonna be special.

Annie Jeffries said...

p.s. I like your pretty new Christmas banner too. I need to do the same. Well, different picutre but you get the idea. LOL

Geoffrey Philp said...

I gotta spruce things up for Christmas!