Lysanne reads St. Maarten poetry at New York literary festival

Guest poet Lysanne “GoddessEye” Charles, with books published in St. Maarten, at “Word, a Caribbean Lit Fest” 2017, New York. (Credit L. Charles)


PHILIPSBURG – Artists helping each other to perform to new audiences is what St. Maarten poet Lysanne “GoddessEye” Charles credits for her participation in this summer’s “Word, a Caribbean Lit Fest” in Brooklyn, New York.

“I’m very appreciative of St. Maarten poet and visual artist Deborah Drisana Jack for linking me with the event organizers,” said Charles reflecting on her experiences.

The St. Maarten poet joined spoken word artists and authors from Haiti, Panama, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago and from the region’s diaspora in the USA for the 10th edition of the literary festival on June 11.

“The highlight for me was speaking to amazing Caribbean writers that I had heard about over time and getting to purchase one or two of their books,” Charles stated.

For her poetry recital Charles read from Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin, the first book in which her poems were published. She also participated in one of the panel discussions.

“It was a pleasure to recite before an audience that included one of my poetic mentors, Queen GodIs, who I met through Art Saves Lives and who came through to see me perform,” Charles informed.

“All of the authors were also provided with space to sell their books to those in attendance. I was able to cooperate with House of Nehesi Publishers to display several of the company’s books, including Where I See the Sun,” said Charles.

“It was great having people come by the book table and look at the great selections from House of Nehesi, and to hear how highly many of the regional authors spoke about this St. Maarten institution,” Charles continued.

Charles, who is also known here for her human rights advocacy, said that she was “happy for the opportunity to represent St. Maarten/St. Martin in New York and hope that more St. Maarten poets will be featured at the event in years to come.”

“Word, a Caribbean Lit Fest” is a Poets & Passion project of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Inc. According to the organizers, the aim of the one-day festival is to connect Caribbean-focused writers and performers and to provide them with new audiences for their works.