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Jamaican Writer, Geoffrey Philp And Jamaicans.Com Sponsor A Caribbean-American Heritage Book Giveaway Contest

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“Caribbean-Americans and the American-Dream”

In celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Geoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot in coordination with Akashic Books and Jamaicans.com will be hosting a book giveaway contest on the theme, “Caribbean-Americans and the American Dream.”

“We believe this month is very important to the Caribbean community and felt there was a need for an online event to honor this” commented Geoffrey Philp. “This is an opportunity for everyone to join in the conversation about the many contributions that Caribbean-Americans have made to shaping the history, culture, and ideals of the United States.

Geoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot which features interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events with Caribbean and South Florida writers has become, according to Global Voices, “an important meeting place for Caribbean writers and readers.”

“I also grateful for the support from Johnny Temple of Akashic Books who has so graciously donated these books by some of the finest writers from the Caribbean,” added Philp, “and this is an opportunity to share the wealth of our literature with the wider community.”

The Prizes
The top four winning entries will receive a copy of one of the following books from Akashic Books:

  • The Girl With the Golden Shoes by Colin Channer
  • She’s Gone by Kwame Dawes
  • Dog War by Anthony Winkler
  • The Lunatic by Anthony Winkler.

How to Participate

  1. Write a brief paragraph (250- 500 words) about any Caribbean-American and her/his contribution to the “American Dream.”
  2. Post it on Geoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot, “Caribbean-Americans and the American-Dream” under the Comments or post on your own blog with a link to the book give away contest, “Caribbean-Americans and the American Dream”
  3. One entry per person.
  4. Entries close at 4:30 PM EST, May 31, 2007.
  5. The drawing will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 6, 2007.
  6. The winners will be published in Jamaicans.com and Geoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot.


Be as creative as you want to be with the topic.

“Caribbean American” refers to any person, first or second generation, from the Spanish speaking, French speaking, and English speaking Caribbean. Link to the post, “Caribbean-Americans and the American-Dream” or leave your entry in the Comments.

Other Requirements:
To enter the book giveaway, you must meet these requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older. Sorry, I don’t want to be accused of corrupting the youth.
  • Only English language entries are eligible.
  • You must either submit under Comments or link to the post “Caribbean-Americans and the American-Dream.”
  • You must submit your entry no later than 4:30 PM EST, May 31, 2007.

Geoffrey Philp is the author of Benjamin, My Son, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien, Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas, and four poetry collections, including Exodus and Other Poems, Florida Bound, hurricane center, and xango music. His poems and short stories have been published in the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse and the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories. He maintains a web site @ www.geoffreyphilp.com and a blog site @ http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/. He lives in Miami, Florida.

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