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Columbus, the Moor

Colón, el Moro | Colomb, le Maure | Colombo, il Moro 

(an Atlantic World epic)

Charles Matz

“The literary works of Charles Matz are extremely complex. … What distinguishes his work is his plunging into the bottomless pit of lasting orality, the long and varied history of poetry-song-ritual.”
– Andrea Zanzotto, Italy

Paperback: 104 pages
Language: English original, with the full Spanish, French, and
Italian translations in the one volume)

In this book “Matz opens the music of Earth’s breast, from Arawakan illusions to cynical jests of a Eurocentric logic of burden.” (Dr. Jay Haviser); and mercilessly sets us up for the day of “encounter” when Christopher Columbus and “a termite crew” arrive in what would come to be called the New World.


Nidaa KhouryFull Arabic, Hebrew and English Texts.

Nidaa Khoury

Introducing Palestinian-Israeli poet Nidaa Khoury to the Caribbean and the Americas.

One of the major exponents of modernist Arab women writing is the Palestinian poet Nidaa Khoury. Khoury was born in the Galilee village of Fassuta. She is the author of seven poetry collections published in Arabic in Israel, Lebanon and Egypt. … Indeed, the exquisite purity of Khoury’s style and her transparent sincerity are further reasons why her poetry altogether escapes the taint of artificial versifying.  … Khoury’s poems transcend national and cultural boundaries … effective even outside her language area.
– Yair Huri, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


The Salt Reaper – selected poems from the flats

by Lasana Sekou


saltreaperAlso Available in a book.

Lasana Sekou has moved his impressive book of poetry The Salt Reaper into the field of Word Music … ­ Amiri Baraka, author of Blues People

[Sekou’s] calibanic voice moves between the public, revolutionary political rhetoric of Linton Kwesi Johnson and the lush, esoteric wordplay of Dylan Thomas.
– Ervin Beck, World Literature Today

His sheer writing ability is impressive, Sekou packing in philosophy without preaching … and linking the sensuous and the spiritual. … Sekou is a Caribbean man.
– Mel Cooke, Jamaica Gleaner


A Collection of Jr. Scholastic Readers

Non-traditional nation builders in the  Caribbean

Alfie  Chester york
gassy  mr bibi



Haiti and Trans-Caribbean Literary Identity


Haïti et l identité littéraire trans-caribéenne
Haiti y la transcaribenidad literaria
by Emilio Jorge Rodriguez

(English, Spanish and French Edition)

Literary figures from Haiti and Cuba, photos from the French edition

Where I see The Sun-Ang

Where I See The Sun
Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla
Edited by Lasana M. Sekou

Paperback, poems, literature, 184 pp.


ISBN: 978-0996224-20-8

Where I See The Sun: Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla gathers a bounteous bunch of voices, 43 poets intent on entering the choir that would intone a new song for Anguilla, carved out of its history, its politics, its heritage, its dreams and aspirations. Their names may ring hollow to many a literary critic or student of Caribbean Literature, (with the exception, perhaps, of the venerable Bankie Banks, a true musical legend who has stuck to his Anguilla roots through thick and thin), but the important thing is that they now will be heard throughout the region and beyond and the story they tell, a reminder that size really doesn’t matter when it comes to human experience and existence or for that matter where it concerns creative output.

This is pure poetry: critical, sincere and plain. The glorious and convoluted history of small island nations sits heavily on the shoulders of so few. This may be your only chance to hear them speak like this.
– Wena Poon, award-winning Singapore-born American author of Café Jause: a Story of Viennese Shanghai


The Adulterous Citizen: poems stories essays
by Tishani Doshi

Paperback, poems, literature, 136 pp.


ISBN: 978-0996224-22-2

Poems. Short stories. Essays. The Adulterous Citizen contemplates the feeling of belonging, while yearning for the seduction of elsewhere. Tishani Doshi guides us through the streets of Cartagena, the seaside of Madras, and the bronze cliffs of Wales; through arcane museums and into strangers’ houses; her poems, short stories and essays take us on a train ride across India into self-discovery and a teenager’s failed escape on the American Road, into a house of childhood ghosts, and on a journey of a delusional widow in the Himalayas. Travelling along are those abstract countries of memory and the imagination the author’s constant companions, and the reason why she writes at all: because she just ‘won’t shut up!’

Tishani Doshi brings to the written page the precision, poise and sensuality of an accomplished dancer, which is also what she is.
– Tabish Khair, poet and novelist


Columbus, the Moor | Colón, el Moro
Colomb, le Maure | Colombo, il Moro
by Charles Matz

(English, Spanish, French and Italian Edition)

Paperback, literature, 104 pp.


ISBN: 978-0996224-21-5

The literary works of Charles Matz are extremely complex. … What distinguishes his work is his plunging into the bottomless pit of lasting orality, the long and varied history of poetry-song-ritual.
– Andrea Zanzotto, Pieve di Soligo, Italy

Applicare a Matz etichette può essere assai pericoloso, ma credo che il suo tuffo nel pozzo senza fondo dell oralità perpetua lo caratterizzi inconfondibilmente, riportando in evidenza l originaria identità poesia-canto-rito lungo una catena da gran tempo spezzata, distrutta, e forse non ricostruibile.
– Andrea Zanzotto, Pieve di Soligo

Ce livre est la premieré publication de Colomb, le Maure, comme livret en anglais, avec des traductions en français, italien, et spagnol. Tous les quatre textes comprennent aussi divers autres languages comme le taíno (arawak) et le latin.

Esta es la primera publicación de Colón, el Moro como un único libro del texto teatral en inglés junto a texto español, francés e italiano. Todos los cuatro textos incluyen varias lenguas, como taíno (Arawak) y latín.
– House of Nehesi Publishers

love Songs Make You Cry

Love Songs Make You Cry
Lasana M. Sekou

Paperback, poetry, literature, 158 pp

ISBN: 978-0988825-20-8


Tales with utmost verisimilitude.
– Montague Kobbé, The Daily Herald

Love Songs Make You Cry stirs emotions that lie too deep for tears.
– Joyce Peters-McKenzie, St. Martin Newsday

While Sekou’s stories examine themes of displacement, immigration and exploitation, each one is based on human relationships.
– Rochelle Ward, bajanreporter.com


Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin

Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin
by Rhoda Arrindell

Paperback, literature, 240 pp.

ISBN: 978-0988825-22-2


Language, Culture, and Identity in St. Martin is intended to contribute to the language education discourse and provide some insight into how language and culture affect and are affected by identity in St. Martin. Exploring the basic syntactical structure of the St. Martin language, it aims to stimulate further and deeper studies leading to a new awareness of the nature of the language. Furthermore, the book could serve to provide a knowledge base from which the analysis of cultural, identity, and educational issues confronting the South and North of this Caribbean island can be made and understood.

Arrindell’s research is a unique groundbreaking work.
– Dr. Alma Simounet, University of Puerto Rico

When I See The Sun

Where I See The Sun
Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin
Edited by Lasana M. Sekou

Paperback, poetry, literature, 120 pp.


ISBN: 978-0988825-27-7

It s a rare & sparkle event to have an anthology of (mainly) young poets already into memories, their bright eyes searching the horizon for future & language to come out of one of our Caribbean islands this time St. Martin.
– Kamau Brathwaite, poet, critic, scholar

This wave of contemporary poetry from St. Martin … is an act of self-analysis, self-love, and self-preservation… . It says what must be said and what must be heard.
– Adrian Green, spoken word artist, Barbados

One day we could forget about these times, who we loved, what we feared, where we wanted to go, when we departed for our independent future, and that is when Where I See the Sun will reveal older secrets why and how poets are the memory keepers of the nation.
– Minerva Dormoy, Department of Culture, Collectivity of St. Martin

maroonlivesMaroon Lives: Tribute to Maurice Bishop & Grenadian Freedom Fighters
By Lasana Sekou

Revolution As Poetic Inspiration
: Grenada in Maroon Lives
by Fabian Adekunle Badejo

Paperback, Poetry, Literature, 96 pp.


ISBN: 978-0988825-24-6

Supple, integrative language, engaging scholarship, expansive allusions, sharp wit, musical vigor … make Maroon Lives resonate with other times and places. … Powerful extensive elegy that privileges revolution will not grow old.
– Keith Ellis, author, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

lazy_lizardLizzy Lizzard
by Robin Boasman


ISBN: 978-0988825-21-5

Lizzy Lizard is Robin Boasman’s darling contribution to the children’s literature of the Caribbean. What an absolute delight to get the grand tour of St. Martin with Lizzy Lizard and her new friends! – Jamie Alleyne, Learning & Child Development Consultant

Little Lizzy Lizard’s Long walk quickly turns into an adventure in and around St. Martin’s busiest city. The book’s photo art illustrations convey a sense of magic to places easily identified by boys and girls, ages 4 to 9. Meet the endearing Suzy Soldier Crab, Iggy iguana, Missy Mongoose, and Pico Pelican. Lizzy Lizard will prove popular with confident readers; and with families who can spend time reading it together.

h3Haïti et l identité littéraire trans-caribéenne
Emilio Jorge Rodríguez

Essais / Littérature / Études culturelles / Critique Littéraire


ISBN: 978-0988825253

La collection d’essais de Rodríguez est d’une importance capitale, dévoilant des échanges clés entre écrivains haïtiens et cubains, échanges dialogiques traversant des différences linguistiques et historiques pour tisser un lien essentiel de compréhension qui ouvra la porte à de nouvelles formes de créativité.
– Myriam J.A. Chancy, Ph.D., Auteur de Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women

Ce livre excellent et circonstancié qui fouille dans les rapports cachés et profonds qui sous-tendent l héritage culturel d Haïti, met à nu d importantes zones de confluence des peuples de la région.
– Margarita Mateo Palmer, Instituto Superior de Arte, La Havane

 Haiti-engHaiti and Trans-Caribbean Literary Identity / Haiti y la transcaribenidad literaria
by Emilio Jorge Rodriguez

(English and Spanish Edition)

Paperback, literature, essays, culture studies/criticism

Monografías / Critica Literaria


ISBN: 978-0913441589

Jorge Emilio Rodriguez has made a wise choice of the term ‘trans-Caribbean,’ it is of the same family as ‘transculturation’ and sheds light on the process of exchanges and influences that founded the Caribbean identity.
– Maximilien Laroche, author

Con una mirada atenta a las secretas conexiones rizomáticas del legado cultural de Haití, se develan, en este acucioso y excelente libro, importantes zonas de confluencia de los pueblos de la región.
– Margarita Mateo Palmer, Instituto Superior de Arte, Habana.

nat-2Nativity / Nativité / Natividad
Trilingual Edition by Lasana Sekou

Paperback, poetry, literature, 224 pp.

English • Française • Español


ISBN: 978-0-913441-97-8

Nativity cover art: Adán, sculpture/bronze and Eva, sculpture/bronze by Fernando Botero. © Fernando Botero. Courtesy: Museo de Antioquia, Colombia.

In nine haunting segments … a bold narrative, … long overdue … centralizes the region’s indigenous, African, Asian connections. A triumph of Caribbean aesthetics. – Dr. Conrad M. James, University of Birmingham, UK

An exuberant, epic rush … a lusty, encyclopedic yawp. – Roberta Q. Knowles, The Caribbean Writer

yvettecookbookFrom Yvette’s kitchen to Your Table
A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine
by Yvette Hyman


ISBN:0-913441-16-3 (hard cover)

Delicious, delectable, and delightful dishes. – Gloria Ferris-Bell, nutritionist The recipes of award-winning chef Yvette Hyman, “first lady of St. Martin’s national cuisine” and founder of Yvette’s Restaurant, a gastronomic institution on the Caribbean’s “best dining island” — hailed in the Newsday,The Boston Sunday Globe, The Washington Post among other media.

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lgLydia From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God
by Lydia G. Henderson

Paperback, autobiography, adult reading


ISBN: 9780913441-52-7

A captivating look at sexual addiction, pleasure, deceit, betrayal, “demonic attacks,” and the power of God to transform life. – Dr. Judith Arndell, Clinical Psychologist, author

StMartinTalkSt. Martin Talk
Words, phrases, sayings & general communication terms
by Robert Romney


ISBN: 978-0-913441-82-4

With information ranging from the witty to the wise, St. Martin Talk is a handbook of words, phrases, sayings and other communication terms — including those from the St. Martin of old that are still much a part of the everyday speech of the island’s people. This quick reference will happily serve as a home, school, office and travel reference and companion.

thefrock29092010The Frock & Other Poems
by Laurelle “Yaya” Richards


ISBN: 978-0-913441-54-1

In The Frock & Other Poems, Laurelle “Yaya” Richards, at times playful, sometimes stern, the poems do not avoid conflicts, but her strong womanist voice transcends these divisions with the gentle wisdom of her verse.
– Geoffrey Philp, author, USA

sovereignitySovereignty of the Imagination – Conversations III
Language and the Politics of Ethnicity

by George Lamming

Paperback, political philosophy, literature ethnic studies, Caribbean history, 96 pp.


ISBN: 978-0-913441-46-6

Lamming’s preoccupation with freedom is today very apropos because one feature of our contemporary world is the resurgence of a current of thought and action, which heralds the virtues of empire.
Prof. Anthony Bogues, Political Science, Brown University

guanahaniGuanahani, My Love
by Marion Bethel

Paperback, poetry, literature, 72 pp.


ISBN: 978-0-913441-96-1

Guanahaní, my love is the metaphor for a place of more sea than land, of sugar and salt, “the Caribbean, a home”, … share the profound mystery which blankets them all.
Yolanda Wood, Caribe Casa de las Américas

claudeClaude – A Portrait of Power
by Fabian Badejo

Paperback, biographical survey, political studies, 200 pp.


ISBN: 978-0-913441-38-1

“Anybody who can last for thirty-five years in government has my unstinted admiration,” declared former US Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, on the occasion of Dr. Claude Wathey’s 35th anniversary in elected public office in St. Martin. According to Badejo, history will not only weigh what this Caribbean political strongman “has done for the island, … nor how well he was liked or disliked” but “what he may have failed to do, too.”

i believeI Believe
by Howard A. Fergus

Paperback, comparative literature, culture studies, criticism, 104 pp.


ISBN: 978-0-913441-95-4

In the clean lyric line, the rhyming line … an honest, unsentimental perception of humanity. From a freshly-wrought volcanic landscape, Fergus speaks authentically, deeply.
Marion Bethel, author, The Bahamas

More than an untroubled declaration of faith, I Believe is in fact an option to believe, and so evokes its absent opposite against which it presses given humanity’s ‘imperfect garden.’
Dr. Jennifer Rahim, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

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“The Salt Reaper – Selected poems from the flats” © 2009 by Angelo Rombley, Big Eye Opener Studios.

“The Salt Reaper – Selected poems from the flats” © 2009 by Angelo Rombley, Big Eye Opener Studios.

“The Salt Reaper – Selected poems from the flats” © 2009 by Angelo Rombley, Big Eye Opener Studios.

Lasana Sekou, Saint Martin
Memoria del Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín.

Love Song Make You CrySelected reading from Nativity
by Lasana Sekou; Performance: Clara Reyes. Video courtesy: © 2006 Marguerite Laurent.

Discover Great Writers

booksinsBook of Sins
by Nidaa Khoury



ISBN: 978-0-913441-99-2

A first poetry collection published outside the Middle East in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

One of the major exponents of modernist Arab women writing is the Palestinian poet Nidaa Khoury. Khoury was born in the Galilee village of Fassuta. She is the author of seven poetry collections published in Arabic in Israel, Lebanon and Egypt. … Indeed, the exquisite purity of Khoury’s style and her transparent sincerity are further reasons why her poetry altogether escapes the taint of artificial versifying.  … Khoury’s poems transcend national and cultural boundaries … effective even outside her language area.
– Yair Huri, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

pelicanCorazón de pelícano
Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou

Pelican Heart – An Anthology of Poems
by Lasana M. Sekou
Edited by Emilio Jorge Rodríguez

Paperback, poetry, literary criticism, 432
English • Español


ISBN: 978-0-913441-93-0

Estos poemas, con su oído claro, su hocico observador y su ritmo de tambor innombrable, anuncian la posibilidad de un Caribe mejor.
– Nancy Morejón, author, Cuba

Defiance, movement, and renewal. The Pelican Heart poems defy an easy classification, proposes a new way to “travel” and “read” the Caribbean world and beyond
– Ivette Romero-Cesareo, Marist College, New York

Chiqui Vicioso

Paperback, poetry, literature, 112 pp.
English • Español • Française


ISBN: 0-913441-67-8

Out of the wreckage of paradise comes this passionate rendering of the human soul, mortal and immortal, a saga of love beyond the individual and yet touching each of us … Memorable … if we are prepared to ride with the poet through hell and heaven.
– Dr. Agnes Lam, University of Hong Kong

Respira y vive aquí, con nosotros, y enseguida vuela y se coloca en el paisaje del mito. Es como ella, como Chiqui, alta y definitiva, clara y limpia como el agua de los orígenes.
– Abel Prieto, Ministro de Cultura, Cuba

somebodySomebody Blew Up America & Other Poems
by Amiri Baraka

Paperback, poetry, literature, 57 pp
4th printing by popular demand!


ISBN: 978-0-913441-79-4

The publication of Amiri Baraka’s Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems makes one more mark in the development in modern Black radical & revolutionary cultural reconstruction.
Kamau Brathwaite, Cow Pastor, Barbados; Comparative Lit., New York University

wordsneedWords Need Love Too
by Kamau Brathwaite

Paperback, poetry, literature, 90 pp.


ISBN: 0-913441-47-3

Words Need Love Too is perhaps, Kamau Brathwaite’s most concentrated effort at fashioning a new literary tradition out of the fragmented pieces/rhythms/nation languages that form the New World. No other poet, living or dead, makes us participants in, and co-celebrants of the liturgy of the word, like Brathwaite.

angelhornThe Angel Horn Shake Keane (1927-1997) ­ Collected Poems
by Shake Keane

Paperback, poetry, literature, 182 pp.


ISBN: 0-913441-66-X

The Angel Horn… is vintage Shake Keane. … spanning a period of 40 years the best of Keane, his mastery of the folk culture, play on words, use of nation language and of musical symbols and themes, and the integration of rhymes and riddles … .
– Dr. Adrian Fraser, author, scholar, St. Vincent & The Grenadines


Tanbo-bookFree copy with all HNP orders … While supply last

Fete – Celebrating St. Martin Traditional Festive Music

A special culture features publication, song, music, dance, carnival, and more, 48 pp.

Contents: Foreword • Tanny & The Boys • Bèbè recalls • In a fête • Quimbé • Carnival • “Jim Tucker” Samuel • Ray Anthony Thomas Tale of a concert • A blast in The Netherlands • Ponum • A bumper crop • Eat, drink …


1998 St. Martin Historical Anniversaries Posters
Limited Edition

Museum gift quality,
Size: 36″ x 24″


Limited Edition

GEBE Through The Years – Power To Serve
Limited edition

Hardcover, 9″ x 11″
public utility history, profiles, interviews, graphs, photos from 1906 to 2006; 248 pp.

ISBN: 0-913441-77-0


Fête – The first recording of traditional St. Martin festive music
by Tanny & The Boys

CD, Mountain Dove Records


ISBN: 0-913441-85-6

“The Boys” are back in 2007 with a second release of their first recording, … Read more

Art Revue

Angelo RombleyThe earthquake that has claimed some 200,000 lives in Haiti and left that Caribbean nation in ruins has evoked quite some artistic responses as the whole world rushes in with an avalanche of humanitarian aid. But few artists have captured on canvas, the depth and spiritual dimension of this incredible tragedy as Mosera has done in “After Shock,” an imposing painting that grabs the viewers’ attention for its size as much as for its thematic content and treatment. Read more