Tamara Groeneveldt Outstanding Literary Ambassador from St. Martin Caribbean Island

September 15, 2020

Tamara Groeneveldt was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Martin. She grew up in the traditional fishing village of Grand Case as it was rapidly evolving into a virtual international “cuisine capital of the Caribbean.” Groeneveldt started writing poetry as a St. Maarten Academy High School student.

She joined the Young Poets Society while attending the University of St. Martin; where she gave her first public reading. Tamara Groeneveldt holds a master’s degree in social work from Florida A&M University.

Groeneveldt coordinates Under the Gazebo, the poetry open mic for the St. Martin Book Fair. She is a former award-winning president of Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club. As an emerging poet, her poems were first published in "Where I see the Sun" St. Martin Anthology 2013 (a contemporary collection of poetry by poets from St. Martin Caribbean island). 

St. Martin News Network - Cupecoy Sunset Toastmasters Celebrates  Distinguished Toastmaster Tamara Groeneveldt.

Tamara Groeneveldt led the list of St. Martin writers and workshop leaders at the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019. Each year the book fair looks for a published writer from St. Martin to represent the writers, aspiring writers, and authors of our whole island,” said Shujah Reiph, the festival coordinator. Earlier in 2019 House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) also accepted Groeneveldt’s manuscript of poems for publication.

Tamara’s Groeneveldt’s first book of poetry titled "After The Storm" was officially released at The St. Martin Book Fair 2019, to highlight Tamara’s role as a Literary Ambassador for the island’s writers at the festival,” said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

The role of the selected writer is to interact with the guest authors from various countries and territories participating in The St. Martin Book Fair. The writer also attends as many literary activities as possible, visits a school, conducts a workshop, and either presents his or her last book for discussion or launches a new book, said Shujah Reiph.

tamaragroenveldt24052019                                                                        Tamara Groeneveldt performing her popular poem “I Know St. Martin’s Culture,” 2018.                                                                  (Courtesy T. Groeneveldt. A. Blijden photo)

Groeneveldt has recited her poetry at official St. Martin Day programs and other presentations attended by the island’s officials and the King & Queen of the Netherlands; at the ‘10,000 Men March for St. Martin’; and at ‘For A World Without Walls.

"The honor of being selected as The Literary Ambassador representing the St. Martin’s writers young and growing literature at the St. Martin Book Fair is also about encouraging the selected writer to keep writing, and to inspire unpublished writers to get their books published" said Jacqueline Sample (President of The HNP Publishing House).

The 17th edition of The St. Martin Book Fair, with its theme of “New Ground,” was organized by Conscious Lyrics Foundation in collaboration with St. Marten Tourist Bureau, the University of St. Martin, LC Fleming Foundation, Motorworld, Nagico, and SOS 95.9 FM.

A book fair for the entire family …

The Caribbean Beat magazine once described The St. Martin Book Fair as “international and multilingual to the core.” (bit.ly/1RgH7D5) And indeed from its founding in 2003 to now in the present, the book and literary festival has been offering to the St. Martin people & visitors three exciting days of books, (free literary recitals, cultural performances, multilingual workshops, and exhibitions of educational and multimedia tools) with upcoming and famous guest authors, expert workshop presenters, and panelists from St. Martin and around the world. (bit.ly/1Ugz63H)

Tamara Groeneveldt was also selected to be one of the co-hosts of the 2019 Edition of the annual programme known as "St. Maarten in Retrospect" which airs every St. Maarten Day. The year 2019 marked the 20th anniversary celebration of the event. The popular annual St. Maarten Day programme features the island history, culture, music, arts and the celebrations observing the holiday. The 2019 Edition also marked The 60th Anniversary of the St. Maarten Day “Unity” celebration.

Groeneveldt is an emerging poet from St. Martin who has been the mistress of ceremonies for various events such as poetry slams, weddings, family reunions and recently St. Maarten Summer Jazz,” St. Maarten in Retrospect producer Elton Richardson said in a press statement in november 2019. Mr. Richardson also said that he welcomes the dynamic contribution Tamara Groeneveldt brings to the programme.

It's clear to see that Tamara Groeneveldt is on the rise. She is an outstanding and talented emerging Poet, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, MC Event Hostess and Cultural Figure from the beautiful Caribbean island of St Martin. Therefore be on the look out for more upcoming works from this rising Literary Ambassador.

The Best Travel Guide to St Martin

In due time and season you can also take a cultural and educational vacation trip to St. Martin to feel the warm welcoming hospitality of the people as well as to see beauthy of the island landscape and to enjoy the beauthy of the beaches. Perhaps you will be fortunate enough to see the Literary Ambassador herself  Tamara Groenveldt Live in action on stage performing her poetry and or hosting at one of the island's prestigious cultural events. In The meantime you can visit her social media page at https://www.facebook.com/poetthatspeaks/

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