Vincentian Jacinth Browne-Howard is among 10 Caribbean poets aged 18 to 35 selected to showcase their work at the 40th edition of the Poetry Market, also known as the Marché de la Poésie in Paris, in June.
In February 2022, the UNESCO programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity, funded by the European Union, extended a call for young poets from across the Caribbean.
This invitation welcomed the participation of poets from the English, Spanish and French nations of the region.
Ten poets were selected from 252 applications.
The Transcultura Programme will facilitate the attendance and participation of the 10 selected poets.
This will be the first time that the Caribbean will be represented at this gathering of great literary significance.
Browne-Howard, a national scholar, hold a Doctor of Philosophy in English language and literature and lectures West Indian literature at the University of the West Indies.
In Paris Browne-Howard will receive opportunities to network with established professionals including authors and publishers from all over Europe.
Not only will this foster career development, but the programme is also an avenue to distribute Vincentian work in Europe.
Browne-Howard hopes publish her poems in a collection for this purpose soon.
Many of her poems have been inspired by cultural, social and historical occurrences in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the region.
The other poets are from Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.