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Postponed — I Belong to the House of Music with Maisy Card, Ava Tomlinson, and Host Attillah Springer



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Thursday, 7:00 pm EDT March 26, 2020

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In this music-centered interview format, host Attillah Springer explores the creative impulses behind the beautiful prose and compelling protagonists of Maisy Card’s first novel These Ghosts are Family and within the visual art made by Ava Tomlinson through the songs that helped each artist’s life.

IBTHOM is an original program and collaboration between The Wajang Discotheque (Trinidad & Tobago) and the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.

This event is part of our Crossing Genre series: Chord progression becomes the first chapter. An abstract painting transforms into a ballet. The most innovative stories have unexpected origins. In this fascinating interdisciplinary series, musical composers, writers, and visual artists reveal the inspirations behind their work. 



  • Maisy Card c. Marian Calle - Carla Cain-Walther

    Maisy Card

    Photo by Marian Calle

    Maisy Card

    Photo by Marian Calle

    These Ghosts are Family is a transporting debut novel that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations, in the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

    Maisy Card is a writer and a public librarian. Her writing has appeared in Lenny Letter, School Library Journal, Agni, Sycamore Review, Liars’ League NYC, and Ampersand Review. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Maisy was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, but was raised in Jamaica, New York. Maisy earned an MLIS from Rutgers University and a B.A. in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She is the author of These Ghosts Are Family.

  • Ava Tomlinson received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She is a painter, muralist, and printmaker living in Brooklyn. Her inspiration comes from her life in New York and the Caribbean, in Jamaica where she once lived. Ava has worked as an Artist Instructor with Studio in a School since 2005 and has specialized in Early Childhood. She continues to show her work in the New York Metropolitan area.

  • Guest Photo - Attillah Springer - Carla Cain-Walther

    Attillah Springer

    Attillah Springer

    Attillah Springer is a Trinidad-born essayist, Jouvayist, DJ and flag woman. She has written and curated content for television, print, radio and digital for the past 20 years, focusing on themes of culture and memory. She has presented papers and written commissioned work on traditional mas, marroonage, African spirituality in England, Brazil, Nigeria and Haiti. She is a Director of Idakeda Group, a collective of women in her family creating cultural interventions for social change especially among women and youth in Trinidad and Tobago. She has a longstanding interest in social justice movements and has organized and taken part in events around industrialization versus sustainability, gender based discrimination and violence other indigenous festival arts as forms of protest or awareness building.

  • BCLF

    The Brooklyn Caribbean Literature Festival

    The Brooklyn Caribbean Literature Festival

    The Brooklyn Caribbean Literature Festival is a three-day celebration of culture as expressed through the pen of the storyteller and the voice of the poet. It will be executed as a series of readings of classic and contemporary stories, workshops, talks, and book sales. The BCLF intends to shine the spotlight on the output of the Caribbean artiste. In so doing, it hopes to empower and motivate the hidden storyteller among us to find the courage to tell his/her own story; and foster appreciation for the Caribbean tale and voice among others.”