On Sunday, April 28, 2019 the UU Fellowship of St. Croix welcomes, teacher, author, and poet, Winifred “Oyoko” Loving as our speaker. Join us at 10 AM at the Jewish Community Center.
Born in Boston to the Rev. and Mrs. James Loving, Winifred Loving, was educated in the Boston Public Schools, received a BA from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a MS in Education from Wheelock College. In her early travel to Ghana, she received the pen name “Oyoko, which means member of a royal clan. After traveling the world, she moved to St. Croix where she taught elementary school for over 30 years. During this time she published two books of poetry, Remember When and Spontaneous. In 1984 she taught in London with the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Poetic note: She even had lunch with Princess Diana.
Oyoko is married to a sailor/boatbuilder Inglore Westerman, and has two adult children, Khema and Jonathan. Known locally for her live poetry readings, she performs her poetry on WSTX radio 970 AM on Friday mornings as a guest of Doc Peterson. Her works have appeared in numerous publications including the St. Croix Avis, the Daily News, THE VOICE, The Caribbean Writer and Cosmopolitan Magazine.
In 2008 she represented the Virgin Islands as Ms. Senior America in Atlantic City. Her poem, “SMITTEN,” that she enacted there, has become synonymous with her feelings about the island she chose as her home, St. Croix.
After retiring, Ms. Loving published two illustrated children’s books that show her soft, tender love for her 3 granddaughters. My Name is Freedom and My Grandma Loves to Play are available, as are all her works, at http://www.amazon.com or from the author: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome. Come grow with us.