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Mar 23, 2011

National Heritage Library Meets the Author, Historian, and Poet

The National Heritage Library (NHL) is the depository arm of the Belize National Library Service and Information System; NHL maintains a vast non-circulating collection of materials published by and about Belize and Belizeans. Recently Dr. Corinth Morter Lewis, Felicia Hernandez, and Sir Colville Young were featured. Today’s session honored Lita Krohn, who is now retiring as Director of Museums of Belize.

Jose Sanchez

Earlier today, the National Heritage in Belmopan’s  Meet the Author honored author, editor, educator and cultural heritage leader Araceli “Lita” Krohn.


“Through other prominent positions in the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), Miss Krohn has established the first House of Culture in Belize City and later in Benque Viejo del Carmen and orange Walk. She is well known as a painter and her exhibits have inspired other Belizean artists. She has travelled as an educator and while shaping cultural policies on behalf of Belize. Among her accomplishments is a documentary award she run from the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (C.B.U.) for her production work on “From Invasion to Nation, A History of Belize.” Over the span of thirty years, her community involvements include serving as President of Belizean Society of Archaeology from 1985 to 1989.”

Meet the Author allows for readers and authors to share background information and also to hear the author read excerpts of works.

Lita Krohn, Author

“They want mother, wife, maid, whore and friend—five personas rolled up into one hot tamale. Work all day and mash all night. Inside strain and stress, but you think health happiness and wealth. Work all day and mash all night.”

Tracey Sangster

Tracey Sangster, Lecturer UB

“What really impress me about this woman is that she is so real. You know you get an image of an intellectual who has produced or contributed to several works and you sometimes can’t touch them. But I found that she is an everyday individual and as I was sharing with her as she read some of her poems, one poem that really impressed me was the one that was like a collage of Belize as she grew up; that just really is what writing is all about, an expression of life. And it captivates individuals and I am about captivating young people’s minds.”

Elizabeth Andrus, UB Student

“She is very inspirational as far as what it means to be a person. She doesn’t have a negative impression but at the same time she is very real. She is not super optimistic as well.”

Jose Sanchez

“What about the works—the one about the different faces of a woman?”

Elizabeth Andrus

“I think that her work is a very true observation of what it is to be a woman and what it means to be a woman in our society. As well it is sort of a protest, more than just an observation. We as women are meant to be more than what we are at face value.”

Victor Cucul, Student, Galen University

Victor Cucul

“What really impressed me a lot about Miss Krohn is the fact that she has been writing so many short thoughts when she was young and she managed to keep those alive even up to now and she has been trying to compile everything together and to me that is very, very amazing as a Belizean woman.”

Lita Krohn

Lita Krohn

“The first thing I got my hands on was Warlords and Maize Men; written by the experts but getting it together—that was through the Association for Belizean Archeology. Then what the people said again, just a transcriber—listening to tapes and saying hey, this is what the people said; this is what they want culture and history to do in the future.  The only thing I can claim fame to being the author of is my own little Pink Dust. And I’m sure you, and that’s me. Maybe in the future other things, but…”

Jose Sanchez

“But your experience today communicating with people who have either read the historical documents you have contributed to or your poetry; what was that like?”

Lita Krohn

“[Umm] I felt very honored and at the same time humbled and it inspired me to keep on going, keep on  compiling and keep on  have to go on and find the money to do all these things now [laughs].”

Jose Sanchez

“So you are going to be writing until your last days?”

Lita Krohn

“Even if it is just writing proposals [laughs].”

Jose Sanchez

Elizabeth Andrus

“Would you say this writing, Meet the Author series is something that the library should continue to do?”

Elizabeth Andrus

“I think so because a lot of times we as Belizeans especially rely on the media for our information and our documenting of our lives and a lot of times, the media only talks about current events that are disastrous. For example Japan, you only hear about Japan because of the earthquake and the tsunami. But the work that the library is doing is bringing authors and everyday life to the public before the disaster comes.”

Meet the author ended with the unveiling of a large photo of Krohn that added to the wall of authors. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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2 Responses for “National Heritage Library Meets the Author, Historian, and Poet”

  1. fernando vega mora says:

    Wishing Lita Krohn success in further tasks, as well as to the museums of Belize and to the associations she has worked with.

  2. gianina says:

    i love this poem of our national out look <3

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