Writing is an important skill in today’s world and many people are turning to books to express themselves or tell their stories. Writing a book forces, you to turn inward and explore your ideas. With this introspection, you can find new inspiration and lose yourself in the creative process. meanwhile, the sense of accomplishment you get pushes you forward and forward.
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In today’s episode of Obehi Podcast, we are going to consider different things about book writing with a St. Lucian author and poet, John Robert Lee. He will be joining us form via skype.
Some Key Points In This Episode
- How you first started writings,
- The role of literature in reawakening the African diaspora community
- What do you love about poetry and literature
The Full Interview With John Robert Lee
About The Guest: John Robert Lee
John Robert Lee (b. 1948) is a St. Lucian writer who has published several collections of poetry. His short stories, poems, essays, and reviews can be found in many journals (print and online), newspapers, and international anthologies. He curates a Caribbean Poetry Portfolio for Acalabash.com where much of his recent work is also published.
Lee’s latest publications are Pierrot published by Peepal Tree Press in February 2020, Saint Lucian Writers and Writing: an author Index of published works of poetry, prose and drama (Papillote Press, 2019) and Collected Poems 1975-2015 (Peepal Tree Press, 2017). His Belmont Portfolio, Poems will be published by Peepal Tree in 2023. He is a regular contributor to PN Review.
He has been a teacher, librarian, radio and TV broadcaster, literary journalist, reviewer, newspaper columnist, actor and director. He presently manages an email list serve to Caribbean writers at home and abroad. He is committed to Caribbean Community. He regularly reviews Caribbean Literature for various journals and newspapers.
In 1993, at the launching of a poetry collection by Lee entitled Translations, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott said of his younger contemporary, “Robert Lee has been a scrupulous poet; that’s the biggest virtue he has, and it’s not a common virtue in poets, to be scrupulous and modest in the best sense, not to over-extend the range of the truth of his emotions, not to go for the grandiose. He is a Christian poet obviously. You don’t get in the poetry anything that is, in sense, preachy or self-advertising in terms of its morality. He is a fine poet.”
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