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The magic mountain

St John, smallest of the three main US Virgin Islands, is best known today as a vacation stomping ground for the rich and famous — “the Beverly Hills of the Caribbean.” But for David Knight, Jr, who grew up on its forested slopes, St John is a place of childhood mystery and family history, whose fragrant bay trees supported a once-famous industry long before the first tourists arrived.

Artist La Vaughn Belle. Photograph QStudio LLC.

La Vaughn Belle: big art from a small place

For artist La Vaughn Belle, coming from a “small place” — St Croix — doesn’t restrict her imagination or her ambitions. David Knight, Jr, investigates the social impact of Belle’s questioning artistic practice.

Photograph by Bill Mortley

Caribbean Datebook (May/June 2014)

Your guide to Caribbean events in May and June — from Vincy Mas to a comic book convention in Puerto Rico.

A sense of place and a sense of self. Photograph by Moses Djeli

Tiphanie Yanique: “A sense of place and a sense of self”

Award-winning writer Tiphanie Yanique tells Lisa Allen-Agostini how literature can link the US Virgin Islands to the rest of the Caribbean.