Ras Atiba

GENESIS: ‘STYLE & PATTERN’ Port more-St. Catherine, Jamaica (1980-1993)

While listening to a cultural program on radio, I heard the riveting words of poet Oku Onuora coming through my speakers. The bass of his voice as he spoke the words “…there will be no peace until equal rights and justice” reverberating and awakening the artist within me. One of my first poetic pieces was entitled, Pollution. It focused on multiple forms of pollution, including speech, garbage, scientific, nuclear, etc. My primary stage was the corners within the community. I was the youngest youth practicing the craft of Dub Poetry while most of my other peers where venturing into the new and more popular genre of Reggae music called Dancehall. It was lonely in my community back home, however my notebook and pencil often carried me beyond my immediate surroundings. 

Over the course of my younger years, I would continue to learn and study with the originators of this growing traditional form of expression. As Jamaica endured a period of socio-political uprisings, the role of the poet became all the more vital to the authentic reporting of the conditions we were living through. While dancehall conjured up images of the “pre-bling bling era of decadence”, Dub Poetry became the ‘Food’ that sustained the disenfranchised, who were often pushed outside the Circle. I knew that day, ‘my time’ would come and the Circle would expand. As I prepared to emigrate to the United States, I received the blessings of Oku Onuora, the Father of Dub Poetry to continue and expand the Art Form.

Time’. After building a network, I decided it was time to launch a platform with ARTS, Roots, Culture as the focal point. This Movement evolved into what Brooklyn knows as Sarabita Mondays.

Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo
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Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is a multi-awarded International Author/Poet/Visual Artist from the Philippines. She is an author of 2 books “Seasons of Emotions” (UK) and “Inner Reflections of the Muse” (USA) and a co-author to more than 100 international anthologies. Her works were already translated into 13 languages. Elizabeth is a Global Peace Ambassador and her advocacies include the protection of women and children’s rights, environmental awareness, cancer awareness, and protection of animal rights, among others.

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Shahid Abbas
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Shahid Abbas is a multi-awarded International Author and Poet from Karapla, Tandlianwala Faisalabad Pakistan. He is the author of “Words from Nature” and the co-author of “We Speak In Syllables”.
His works were also featured in various international anthologies and diverse literary platforms both in print and online. Shahid’s works were already translated into 10 different languages.
Shahid also is the newly-appointed Director of Culture in Pakistan of the State of Birland and is to handle the promotion of literary and arts activities. He is also the newly-appointed Coordinator for The Dream of Equality Pakistan. Camara Internacional de Escritores and Artistas (International Chamber of Writers and Artists) based in Spain appointed him as the Director Ejecutivo (Executive Director) for the CIESART Headquarters in Pakistan. Shahid will be the Host of Haiku TV (USA) with Sir Michael Bee. A recipient of several international awards and recognitions, he has graced a number of international literary festivals representing his country Pakistan in promoting world peace and world literature some of which are based in India, Portugal, Mexico City, USA, Colombia, among others. He is one of the Amazon Bestselling Authors in several international anthologies one of which is “Peace is Within Us” published by How to Write for Success Literary Network based in Trinidad and Tobago.



Maxwanette A Poetess
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Born to Jamaican parents, in Brooklyn, NY – As Maxine A. Moncrieffe aka Maxwanette A Poetess. One of Maxwanette’s favorite sayings is “Poetry Is In My DNA,” with her Mother being her 1st introduction to Poetry. Maxwanette went on to further expose herself to Louise Bennett, Claude McKay, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and so many more.

Maxwanette wrote her first poem, at the age of 5; a Haiku, and she wrote one for her Mother everyday for a month. Thus began her journey with Poetry in hand. It was in the early 1980’s, and by the age of 12, Maxwanette did her first poetry recital (in Brooklyn, NY at The New Muse), received awards & certificates for writing, and accompanied her Mother at recitals, readings, and functions, that included great griots, such as the legendary, Louis Reyes Rivera. Maxwanette states, “When I met Mr. Rivera, I noticed we were around the same height. I wondered about this man, as a child would. But when I heard him recite, I knew then, that I was Poetry & that Poetry was me.”

Considered the Underdog & homeless in Brooklyn, NY by the age of 11; as the struggle her family experienced, leaving the island of Jamaica. Trying to get their footing in America; mental illness and abusive experiences, wreaked havoc in her family, and in Maxwanettes life. How could she reach them? How could she change the narrative? She decided, that reaching people through words, were key. No matter the experiences; which changed her, in a myriad of ways, Maxwanette, never stopped writing.

A part of Maxwanette A Poetess’s, life goals are to link Poets, Creatives, Entrepreneurs, and humanity across the globe by assisting; uplifting, encouraging, spreading love and positivity as much as possible. Why? She states it helps to heal her and others. She considers it a necessity.

Maxwanette A Poetess, is a Kissimmee, Florida resident, licensed business owner: Cyber Clerical Associates,  LLC (formerly P.L.O.T.S.~PROOFING & PROMOTING SERVICES) also located in Kissimmee, Florida (started officially in Dallas, Georgia – 2020) a published poet of, “Poetry, Language Of The SOul, Volume I.”,  & “The Poetic Storm, Volume II,”- both books available on & Poetry Language Of The SOul is also available at Barnes & Noble bookstores. Maxwanette is also an Indie Writer – and publishes books through KDP Amazon, currently a Co-Host on “The Real Stuff Podcast,” – affiliate of the solidified  Jamaican online radio station: Reggaenostalgia. View her on their Poetry Corner  Fridays (every Friday which includes One-Shot Poetry). Maxwanette has also formed a connection with The Real Stuff Podcast, that includes {P.L.O.T.S.} – The Creatives Magazine & The Creatives Bridge – both of which were founded and currently operated by her and her sister, Denise.

Maxwanette believes in not only “paying it forward,” in life, but also in shedding a spotlight on CREATIVES & ENTREPRENEURS, all over the Universe. In the interim, she tries to be a reminder, that we need one another, as her popular motto & mantra states:

🌹🌍”We’re All In This Thing Called Life, TOGETHER…Remember?”🌍🌹

“Namastè & One Love”☀️❤💛💚☀️

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