Seth Sylvester, 2016 champion of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam. Photograph courtesy The 2 Cents Movement

Poetry grand slam | Word of mouth (March/April 2017)

Whether you experience it on stage or from the audience, Trinidad and Tobago’s national spoken word poetry slam is full of thrills.

Mama Africa – Peter Tosh

Word of mouth (January/February 2017)

A new museum in Kingston pays tribute to reggae legend Peter Tosh; and it’s Carnival season across the Caribbean!.

Mrs Fanny Eaton (c.1859; chalk on paper), by Walter Fryer Stocks

Fanny Eaton: forgotten beauty

In the paintings of the nineteenth-century British Pre-Raphaelite artists, one “exotic” face stands out. Fanny Eaton, born in Jamaica, was a mixed-race model who found herself, for a few years, near the heart of Victorian London’s art world — and was long forgotten. Judy Raymond tells what’s known of her story.

Photo by Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society

Vahni Capildeo: shapeshifter, time traveller

When Vahni Capildeo won the prestigious Forward Prize for her poetry, the award merely affirmed what her readers already knew: the Trinidad-born writer is a brilliant complicator of language, stories, conventions, and boundaries. Andre Bagoo explains why Capildeo’s poems are so exhilarating.

Still from I Am Not Your Negro

Caribbean Screenshots (January/February 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

Double Take

Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

The Colour of Shadows

Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks.

Guinep Table. Photography courtesy Mara Made Designs

Mara Made Designs — wood for life

Jamaican furniture line Mara Made Designs gives salvaged wood an elegant and environmentally friendly twist.

Leroy Sibbles. Photo by David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images

Leroy Sibbles: “You need conscious lyrics”

Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones on growing up in Trench Town, the golden days of Jamaica’s Studio One, and what’s missing from today’s music — as told to Garry Steckles.

Still from Rentyhorn: The Intervention (2008; video, 4.30 mins), by Sasha Huber. Courtesy Sasha Huber And The Museum Of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki

Nordic routes

In the distant latitudes of Scandinavia, three artists with Caribbean roots are making hard-hitting works that ask difficult questions about history and power. Nicole Smythe-Johnson talks to Jeannette Ehlers, Michelle Eistrup, and Sasha Huber.