Haiti – Cuba : 25th anniversary of the Haitian vocal group «Desandann»

Repeating Islands


A report from Haiti Libre.

The vocal group “Desandann”, composed of ten singers from the Camagüey professional choir, descendants of Haitians living in Cuba for several generations, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a series of activities in the capital of the central province of Cuba.

During the concert given at Camagüey’s Principal Theater, the vocal group Desandann showed a range of his repertoire, which includes traditional songs, Haitian folk songs and compositions of the Group. The show was completed, for the Haitian side, by the performances of Caidije, the oldest of the Haitian-Cuban groups, founded in 1926 by Fanm Zetwal, the only exclusively women group of its kind, composed of fifteen women from the neighboring province of Ciego de Avila, and the frontyè group of the singer Marcelo Andrés Luis (member of Desandann). Cuban music was represented thanks to the Imagen quartet and the Voces duo of Teresita Romero…

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Top Ten Book Basket Labels Created by Kids by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

Nerdy Book Club

When students help us organize the classroom library ownership changes.  Students know which books are in the classroom library. They know where to find the books they love and can tell us which books they wish we had in our collection.  Organizing the library doesn’t need to wait until a long break.  It can happen throughout the school year.  Kids can arrange baskets for an upcoming unit of study, a new round of book clubs, and even create shelves that house their favorite texts.

Students also help us categorize books and curate text sets.  As we watch and listen, we see what interests them, what they know about different genres, how they preview books and the ways they connect books.  If we want books to be a part of our students’ lives, let’s invite them to be a part of the creating classroom libraries.

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When is the Best Time of Year to Release a Book?…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Self-Publishing Review:

In Hollywood, there’s a pretty set calendar for when movies are released: horror movies are usually released around Halloween, high-concept blockbusters in the summer, Oscar movies start in November, movies that aren’t blockbusters or Oscar contenders in February.

Does the book trade follow the same release schedule?

The answer is, more or less, yes.

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Call for Submissions: There Is Strength In Our Stories

Brave & Reckless

In honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, Blood Into Ink and We Will Not Be Silenced are putting out a call for submissions for your lived experience of sexual harassment and assault. We believe that there is strength in our collective voices. We believe our work is not done.  Writing and art accepted for There Is Strength In Our Stories will be published on Blood Into Ink’s website and through the BII social media accounts, as well as on the We Will Not Be Silenced Facebook page during the month of April 2019.

Writers and artists can submit up to three pieces of creative work (poetry, prose, essay, and/or original artwork.)  Pieces of writing should be limited in length (under 1,500 words.)   Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable.  You will be asked to provide a brief biography (75 words or less.)

Please do not consider…

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Schmoozing for Introverts: How to Network Like a Pro – by Lisa Cooper Ellison…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Jane Friedman site:

Maybe you’re like me, someone with a mile-wide idea shelf but a short, stubby one for people. Perhaps you like your fellow humans generally, but your introvert soul prefers small-group interactions to huge crowds and forced small talk. Or maybe, like me, you grew up in a place where networking was either mentioned with disdain or not at all.

A writing conference may be your first professional networking opportunity. During my first few conferences, my angst could’ve lit entire cities. Fortunately, I wasn’t alone. Sensing my discomfort, a gracious mentor debunked the mysteries of networking for me. Studying her at future conferences revealed several tricks I could use to schmooze like a pro, or at least operate like a less awkward version of myself. This gift is one I’ll spend the rest of my life repaying and one I’d like to share with you.

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