Dominican Writer Wins Regional Writers Prize

first_img Share Share Share 98 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring!                       Michelle Allyshia BelleThe Orlando Palmer Prose Prize 2019 for the best selected prose has been awarded to our very own Ms. Michelle Allyshia Belle, a Newtown-born Dominican native, for her submission: “Rude Awakening”, published in Interviewing the Caribbean literary magazine, spring edition, 2019 in Volume 4, Issue Number 2. At present, Michelle studies Psychology in China.The Spring issue of the magazine was centered around the theme “Caribbean Femininity and Masculinity: Gender Justice”. Michelle’s story is based on a young boy who has had to move from his home in a rural village in Dominica to town, and his vicarious experience with domestic violence in the home. It also touches on the way domestic violence is received by the larger society, and its effect.“Upon receiving the news that I had won the story, I was ecstatic of course but still a bit surprised because I still mostly write for fun. It has been one of hobbies for a long time, and it’s something that I thoroughly enjoy doing but without much thought,” she shares.“Sometimes there’s just a story or a poem or something bubbling in my head and I have to get it out and so sometimes I just share it with friends or I never share it at all. It’s just something I’m passionate about, something you do for fun but for a long time I never tried capitalizing off that,” Belle explained.Belle’s love for reading, which she did avidly from a young age, spiraled into an equal love for writing. Her work mainly focuses on themes such as Caribbean living, African roots and issues unique to the black community.  She has also won Dominica’s Independence Short Story competition in 2014 and 2015, and placed third in 2013, 2017 and 2019 respectively.Her win inspires her to encourage others who are also talented to share their talents and abilities with the world, like she did.“I’m really encouraging everyone; there’s no need to hide your light, or to even be shy, it’s your talent, it’s art. Whatever it is you should try sharing with the world. There is really no limit to our potential, no limit to what we can do and the things we can reach. A lot of the limits that we think are there are really in our minds,” she believes.Belle continued, “Talent can’t fit into a box, so whatever yours may be, young and old people out there, I’m just encouraging us to shine and not be limited. Our island may be small but that doesn’t mean our mentality should be small as well. So go for it!”Michelle hopes that this award will give her more opportunities to share her literary works with the wider public and inspire other Dominicans to put out more of their literary products. She intends to seek an even wider audience by submitting works to more international avenues, and has hope for publishing her own book some time in the future. She recently had a poem published on a platform which shares experiences and achievements of black people in China. It can be read at the following link: of Interviewing the Caribbean magazine which features Michelle’s story, Rude Awakening, may be purchased at: EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Dominican Writer Wins Regional Writers Prize by: – January 28, 2020last_img read more

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“Industry leading” LAC 2018 speakers unveiled by iGB Affiliate

first_img Ashkenazi joins BlueRibbon as strategic advisor July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 The line-up of speakers set to feature at next week’s 2018 London Affiliate Conference (LAC), to be hosted at the ExCeL, has been announced by iGB Affiliate.Set to be the biggest in its history, the event is due to welcome in excess of 5,000 delegates, of which it has been stated 3,500 will be affiliates, through its doors.Andor Palau, the Head of SEO at Peak Ace AG and a renowned expert for large scale international SEO, takes part in two talks, titled “Welcome to a new world: Crawling, indexing & ranking in the age of mobile-first!” and the “SEO Rockstar Panel.” Peter Bassill, Hedgehog Security founder and Chief Executive Officer, is to also address delegates in London in a discussion titled “top 5 ways firms were hacked in 2017.”Other high-profile names such Helen Southgate, Managing Director at Acceleration Partners, Senior SEO Manager Manuel Martinez from The Stars Group and Matt Beswick, Co-Founder of Aira, will be speaking during the four-day event. Shona ODonnell, iGaming Business’ head of operations, said: “We can’t wait to welcome these highly-esteemed speakers to London and we hope the delegates will enjoy hearing what they have to say.“The lessons our delegates can learn from these industry experts will make a real difference and they can put it into practice as soon as they return from the conference.“The event is getting bigger every year and the fact we’re able to entice this calibre of speaker is proof of our rapid growth.”last_img read more

Zonta Club of Alpena Open Registration for Annual Walk

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIf you’re interested in adding more running and walking into your weekend the Zonta Club of Alpena is gearing up for their 11th annual 5k walk and run for breast cancer awareness.Registration is currently open for next months walk and run. The 5k event will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 9:30 am, and will be held once again at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center off Fletcher Street.Chair member, Kim LaBrecque said she hopes there’s a bigger turn out than last year.“As many as we can get. We’re hoping for even more than we had the last year too.600 would be a great turn out. So yeah we encourage as many participants as we can,” LaBrecque said.You can register online at or pick up forms at different locations in Alpena including Friends Together, Besser Credit Union, Neiman’s Family Market, or LaFave Pharmacy.If you can’t register now, you will be able to register the day of the event beginning at 8:30 am.Following the 5k an awards ceremony will take place center stage at 11 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Zonta Club of Alpena, Zonta Walks for WomenContinue ReadingPrevious Get Into Your Sanctuary: Diving In The Great Lakes Ep.3Next 8th Annual Deer Blind Round Up Will Take Place This Weekendlast_img read more