St Maarten Publication launched in Mexico at Conference of the Caribbean Book

Pelican Heart An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou was presented in Mexico at the 10th Conference of the Caribbean Book, according to the Mexican Association of Caribbean Studies (AMEC).

The new poetry book by the St. Martin author was introduced by Dr. Margarita Espinosa, president of AMEC, and discussed before conference goers at the prestigious National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) in Mexico City.

Dr. Margaret Shrimpton, researcher and professor at the Autonomous University of the Yucatán, wrote the analysis of the book for the presentation, according to Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

Specialists from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and the USA presented 14 critical and research titles thought to be important Spanish- language books about the Caribbean and Latin America published in 2010, said Sample.

While focusing on “recent publication activity and historical complexities of the Caribbean,” panels also discussed the region’s music and theater, stated

The company of presentations in which Pelican Heart found itself included the newest Spanish translation of From Columbus to Castro (De Colón a Castro: la historia del Caribe, 1942-1969) by Eric Williams and The Black Jacobins (Los jacobinos negros) by C.L.R. James – both world-class classics of scholarship and Caribbean history.

(L-R): Emilio Jorge Rodríguez (L) and Lasana M. Sekou, 2010. (Saltwater Collection file photo)

The Cuban literary critic and scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, who has been busy introducing Sekou to Hispanic audiences, edited Pelican Heart. Each poem selected by Rodríguez from 10 of Sekou’s books is translated into Spanish.

The Spanish name of Pelican Heart is Corazón de pelícano – Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou. The 428-page bilingual volume was released here by HNP in 2010, said Sample and can be ordered via,,

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