Poet, performer to lead workshop for teens

Miami-based poet, performer and interdisciplinary artist Adrian Castro will lead a two-day poetry workshop with students, starting on Monday, 27 October at 7pm.

On Tuesday, 28 October, Castro will read from Wise Fish: Tales in 6/8 Time and students will showcase the work they have done with Castro, with readings of their poetry at the bookstore. Both events are free and open to the public.

The poetry workshop, which is sponsored by Camana Bay, has been arranged by The New Self-Help Community Foundation, a non-profit organisation which aims to help teenaged youth develop a sense of self-worth, independence and community spirit.

As part of their Project 2012 programme, the foundation is offering a series of training and experience in the arts, including video-documentary production, song writing and poetry.

‘The New Self-Help Community Foundation is pleased to partner with Camana Bay and Books & Books to promote the positive energies of the youth of Cayman,’ said James Myles, chairman of the foundation.

‘The 20 young participants age 10 to 25 will be in for a treat with the combination of cultures of the instructors of the Project 2012 Poetry workshop.

‘Local poet Roy Bodden will bring his academic and stately decorum to blend with the ever flamboyant Hylton G from Jamaica, along with award winning poet and interdisciplinary artist Adrian Castro from the Dominican Republic.’

Interested youth can register by calling James Myles on 927-3372.

Castro is the author of Cantos to Blood & Honey and Wise Fish: Tales in 6/8 Time, and has been published in many literary anthologies. He is the recipient of a Cintas Fellowship, State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, NewForms Florida, the Eric Mathieu King award from the Academy of American Poets, NALAC Arts Fellowship, and several commissions from Miami Light Project and the Miami Art Museum. He has performed with many dancers and actors including Chuck Davis and African American Dance Ensemble, Heidi Duckler and

Collage Dance, and Keith Antar Mason and the Hittite Empire.