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News John Alexander Watler, Belizean novelist and storyteller, performing at Marlboro College.

John Alexander Watler, Belizean novelist, master storytelling comedian, folklorist and playwright, will be performing at Marlboro College on Thursday, November 9th, 6:30-8p.m., in Appletree Hall.   Watler is a folk hero, highly honored in Belize for keeping Belizean Creole culture alive at a time when it was most unpopular to do so.   He comes to Marlboro as part of the Expeditionary Learning trips offered through the Marlboro College Outdoor Program.  These trips are designed to give students the opportunity to experience other cultures first hand via community service, homestays and short cultural immersion components for first time travelers

Born in Monkey River, a small seaside village in southern Belize, Central America, John Alexander came from humbly beginnings. From the wild lands of Monkey River, his poverty burdened family depended on agriculture to survive.  Against all odds he fell into the hands of a headmaster who recognized and encouraged his writing talent. Through sheer resiliency and determination, he sidestepped a sure life in surrounding labor camps.

  Watler is currently considered one of Belize’s best writers of plays and fiction, and is known as Belize’s own Mark Twain.  He has gained national acclaim for his energetic performances and is a favorite among school children because of his animated ability in bringing the power, grace and beauty of literature to life.  Watler has been contracted by Belize’s Ministry of Education to visit schools nationwide, to inspire, motivate and lecture on Belizean culture. “Mr. Watler came to our school as a stranger and left as a hero,” wrote a Belizean elementary school principal whose remark is shared by high and elementary schools nationwide.

  John Alexander Watler’s books include Cry Among Rain Clouds (2001), Sea Lotto (2004) and De Works (2003).  Monologues include “Wapey's Letter", “Onefoot was Pushed", “Brer Anansi Escape to Nomo-Nomo”, and other folklore comedy.

  For further information about the November 9th performance and Watler’s tour while in  Vermont, contact Marlboro College at 802-258-9253 or op@marlboro.edu

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