Saturday, February 17, 2007

About Mabrak Books

Mabrak Books began with a simple desire: to tell the story of the Caribbean through the experiences of contemporary Caribbean writers. Our region has a long and varied history and from the gateway of the Americas, we are beginning to tell our story.
We are committed to publishing the work of Caribbean writers and nourishing the talents of our young writers. We also want to inspire and empower our readers, so we may all become that which we have always envisioned.
I hope you will join us in this wonderful adventure by supporting Mabrak Books either by buying our books or by becoming a sponsor. Mabrak is about freedom.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories: For Educators, Librarians & Community Leaders

Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories,
a valuable resource for Black History Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month, may also be used to teach children about mythology and folklore. The informative Study Guide at the back of the book conforms to Bloom's Taxonomy and contains questions that range from comprehension (What is the name of the little boy in the story?) to synthesis and evaluation (Kevin is a bully. Have you ever been bullied by anyone? How did it feel? Write a few sentences about the experience).
In addition, the author reading/lecture combines realia with a PowerPoint presentation about the following topics:

Who is Anancy?
What is Anancy? (Discussion about Positive and "Shadow" Tricksters)
Where did Anancy come from (Discussion about the Middle Passage)
How does Anancy overcome his foes? (Discussion of conflict resolution and problem solving skills)
Who is Anancy like? Discussion about the adaptation of Anancy stories in the Americas)
Anancy Activities (Additional exercises based on Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories)
Where can I find more information about Anancy? (Additional resources about Anancy)
Where can I find more Anancy stories? (Additional books/stories about Anancy)
The complete lesson plan, which comes with in Word document and PowerPoint presentation, is available only with the author reading/lecture.
To arrange for a reading/lecture of Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories, please contact: Geoffrey Philp: Reading from Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories.

Links to Previous Readings/Lectures:

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

About the Author: Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp
My name is Geoffrey Philp, and I am a writer from Jamaica. I started Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot to provide readers with information about my writing and the work of contemporary Caribbean and South Florida writers.

Stories and poems about father-son relationships, Anancy (Anansi), and the effects of the Jamaican/Caribbean diaspora have always appealed to me and are the major themes that I've explored in my books--some of which are used as textbooks in many schools, colleges, and universities.

I am available for "Meet the Author" readings/lectures and creative writing workshops where I focus on the craft of writing short stories and poems.

If you'd like to contact me, here's my e-mail address: geoffreyphilp101 [at]

The Abbreviated Bio

Geoffrey Philp is the author of a children’s book, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories; a novel, Benjamin, My Son; two collections of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien and Who's Your Daddy?: And Other Stories, and five poetry collections: Exodus and Other Poems, Florida Bound, hurricane center, xango music, and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas. His work has been anthologized in both the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. He teaches English and creative writing at Miami Dade College where he is the chairperson of the College Prep. Department.

The Long Story

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and I attended Mona Primary and Jamaica College, where I studied literature under the tutelage of Dennis Scott. When I left Jamaica in 1979, I went to Miami Dade College and after graduating, I studied Caribbean, African and African-American literature with Dr. O.R. Dathorne and creative writing with Lester Goran, Evelyn Wilde Mayerson, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Since then, I have attended workshops with Derek Walcott , Edward Albee, and Israeli playwright, Matti Meged. As a James Michener Fellow at the University of Miami, I studied poetry under Kamau Brathwaite and fiction with George Lamming.

In 1990, I published my first book of poems, Exodus and Other Poems, and four other poetry collections have followed: Florida Bound (1985), hurricane center (1998), xango music (2001), and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas (2005). I have also written a book of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien (1997), and a novel, Benjamin, My Son, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize.

I continue to work on many projects such as a children's book, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories, and just completed a book of short stories, Who's Your Daddy? and Other Stories (Peepal Tree Press, 2009), a hypertext novel, Virtual Yardies, and a novel, A LoveSong for Kathryn, which is set in South Florida and begins on Bloomsday. The major stars of the novel are a hurricane, a missing daughter, and a Rastaman—kind of Zora Neale Hurston meets South Florida and Jamaica.

My poems and short stories have appeared in Small Axe, Asili, The Caribbean Writer, Gulf Stream, Florida in Poetry: A History of the Imagination, Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse.

I hope you will enjoy reading Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories.