Anita was passionate about literacy and volunteered at the Community Learning Center in Clearwater, Florida.
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This highly charged romantic novel takes place on Taboga Island in the Bay of Panama. It is an island caught up in its past, suffering from poverty and superstition, owned by a nation oppressed by both church and state. The local island leader, Marco Rodriguez, is an enigmatic man, a teacher who cares deeply for his people's welfare. Though he has no official title, the islanders know him as the Devil Man, a figure from Panamanian legend. A third generation Devil Man, Marco inherited his Stone from his father. Accepting the Stone, he has made a pact with the Devil. He carried the Stone, a religious artifact, embedded in his arm. US University educated, Marco is torn by the opposing worlds, one steeped in religious superstition, and the other riddled with immediate social, political and economic problems. He is secretly uncertain of the alleged power of his Stone. But who would he be without it? This is Marco's terror.
Elizabeth Rogers, an elegant blonde from Boston, arrives on the island. She is a successful art dealer who has done some research and is certain the artist Paul Gauguin, suffering from malaria and a patient at the island sanitarium (circa French Canal,1887) painted while hospitalized. According to rumor, Gauguin's own journal writings, and Elizabeth's investigations, the Gauguin paintings exist, hidden somewhere on the island. Elizabeth intends to find them.
Elizabeth finds refuge in her work. She will not permit herself to trust another human being. She carries her own "stone," the fear of love. Abandoned at an early age, Elizabeth still suffers from the sexual abuse inflicted on her by her stepfather when she was a child, followed by her mother's suicide.
Slowly, Taboga draws Elizabeth into itself. Its beauty and history are seductive. The island's emerald green bay filled with villagers' fishing boats, the small coves of beaches, dense jungle mountain sides, and flowering fragrances are all deeply magnetizing. But the island's poverty and ignorance angers Elizabeth.
Inevitably she meets the island's leader, Marco. Their encounter is fraught with mutual distrust and attraction. But it will grow into a love affair greater than any relationship either of them has ever known. Physical attraction is immediate, undeniable. Two people who consider themselves incapable of love now find love inescapable. The novel culminates to a violent conflict during which Elizabeth must make a terrifying decision.
Marco's Gift is a powerful tale of a doomed but irresistible love affair. It is a story of a promise kept, and the healing power of love.
Artwork for Purchase
Any of the artwork by Anita McAndrews is available in print format of various sizes. Contact Anita Welch for more information. See Contact page.
Galleries & Art Work
Anita was a co-founder of Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island, where she exhibited and sold many of her works. Visit their website at
Anita was a member of this unique contemporary art gallery.
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Kuna Art of Panama
Anita McAndrews Poets for Human Rights Contest
Call for submissions
2017 Annual Anita McAndrews Award Poetry Contest
In celebration of the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Poets for Human Rights invites your entries for the Annual Anita McAndrews Poetry Contest.
First prize $100. Second prize $50.
Submit up to three poems. Send two copies of each poem: one copy to include your name and contact information, one blind copy without identifying information.
Theme must relate to human rights. Familiarity with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is recommended.*
Any style or form is allowed.
Length limit - 1 page, 8 1/2 x 11, 12 point font or larger.
No handwritten poems will be accepted. Left justified. Do not include graphics.
Send cover sheet that includes your name, address, phone number, email address, poem title(s), permission to publish with rights reverting back after first publication, brief bio.
No simultaneous submissions or previously published poems.
Postmark deadline: November 30, 2017
Mail poems and cover sheet to:
Stazja McFadyen 1006 Vapor Drive Pflugerville, Texas 78660
Winning poems will be announced and read on December 10, 2017 at a celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
For more information, contact email@example.com
2015 Poetry Awards
The judge for the 2015 contest was Kaye Voigt Abikhaled, a member of the Austin Poetry Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have been published in English and German in state, national, and international journals. She has published several books, the latest in 2006, entitled Lyrics of Lebanon.
The first prize winning poem is by Ruth Hill. She has won awards and publication in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel.
English as a Second Language
I helped a Dutch linguist record Heiltsuk;
they thanked me with a Navajo lamb pot.
For five years I taught the Vietnamese;
the "boat people" taught me Buddhism.
I helped Czecks smuggle in family photos.
They smuggled out for me cloths woven
with real gold, and Vaclav Havel's autograph.
She had Cree until Fourth Grade, then me for GED.
I received beaded mocassins.
My Ukranian called me "sieve-head,"
in a Taras Shevchenko Centenary Book.
I did Francophone taxes for a cable=knit sweater.
In the Mennonite census, I ate raspberry crepes.
I fought through his ADHD.
He won a scholarship to England.
I helped him translate his CV. Persian to English.
He introduced me to Rumi.
I edited his war memoir.
He mailed me Charles Simic. Herta Muller.
I taught them Play-Dough; they cooked me seahorses.
I taught him currency; now he runs a bookstore.
I took his class notes. He gave me Bishop and Stein.
I edited her Xhosa poems. She sent me an African talking stick for spoken word.
Hablas Espanol? Vamos a Mexico.
I taught him organic gardening.
He sang me Basho in Japanese.
I cannot outgive your people, Oh Lord.