Book Launch with artists, activists and writers, Maureen St. Clair and Abena Beloved Green
On May 2, please join us to co-launch Maureen St. Clair and Abena Beloved Green’s debut novel/poetry book Big Island, Small and The Way We Hold On.
Maureen St. Clair is an artist, peace educator, activist and writer. Born and raised in Canada, with Grenadian citizenship, Maureen has lived in Grenada, West Indies, for twenty-five years with her Grenadian partner Theo and daughter Maya. Maureen is known throughout the Caribbean and internationally for her vibrant, women-positive paintings inspired by her work with women and youth. She is also an associate of Coady International Institute where she facilitates programs in community peace building and global community leadership.
Winner of the 2016 Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature and the 2015 Atlantic Writer’s Competition, Big Island, Small is Maureen’s debut novel. It is a story of intimacy and friendship between two Caribbean/Canadian women with similar, yet vastly different, backgrounds who must dismantle their assumptions and biases around race, class, gender and sexuality in order to make amends with violent pasts, release shame, find joy and reconnect with themselves and each other.
Abena Beloved Green uses spoken word to create, engage, and elevate. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation Canadian. The Way We Hold On is Abena Beloved Green’s debut book of poetry, about holding on and letting go—of ideas, opinions, beliefs, people, places, and things.
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