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You know just what this week really needs? A poetry party!

April 4, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Blue Roots Art Studio,

Did you know that the West Indies island of St. Lucia has more Nobel laureates per capita than any other nation and one of those – Derek Walcott – is a poet?

Come celebrate Caribbean poetry, music, and art in a hot, hot, hot event on Tuesday, April 5, as dirtcakes sponsors an event to support Red Cross disaster relief for St. Lucia, an island devastated by last year’s Hurricane Tomas.

Join us in the Malloy Performance Portico at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries where Los Angeles poet Lynne Thompson, author of Beg No Pardon, will read work inspired by stories of her Caribbean ancestors, while Francis Lynch, from Trinidad and Tobago, adds a gentle steel pan cadence.  Yes, you read that correctly, we’ll have a drummer in the library. And food. And art. Donna Grandin, an artist originally from St. Lucia, has donated two paintings for silent auction.  Work from notable St. Lucian poets, including Derek Walcott, will be read and then, drum roll, Lynne Thompson will announce the winner of the dirtcakes First Annual Benefit Poetry Contest.

The event is free, and just one happening in a weeklong Poetry Week celebration at Chapman University coordinated by Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry.

For more information about Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry contact Dr. Anna Leahy at

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