Okay, so, this is an experimental page. I’ll see how it goes. But given the self-imposed limitations placed on the bibliographies (i.e. only listing published books, book length anthologies, and CDs), I thought here would be a good place to list creative pieces by Antiguans and Barbudans accepted to established literary journals, festivals, and contests (not pieces posted only to personal blogs) as I discover (and in some cases, re-discover) them Initially, this will focus on pieces accessible online because those are easiest to find; but it will not be limited to these, in time. You can recommend (in fact, I welcome your recommendations), but, as with all areas of the site, additions/subtractions are at the discretion of the admin.
Excerpt: “He ate each and every kidney, tantalizing his classmates with every suck, pick, slurp and lick. Their mouths watered and their eyes followed the golden juices that gushed down his hands.”
D’ORNELLAS, ANNALISA – Toes in the Sand - national contest selection (no word of announced publication) - 2009
Excerpt: “I was once a girl
that played on these shores.
I gathered the shells
in bundles and scores.
I wore them on my neck
and strung some as bangles
I noticed their twinkling
and delightful angles.”
EVANSON BERNARD, VERONICA – Women of Antigua from her book Pineapple Rhymes – Blackwood Press, USA – 1989.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. - Development - published in Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women Volume 6 2012 (posted in special issue of Tongues of the Ocean)
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Differences – published in Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean – Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging - 2012
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. - Ghosts Lament – published in Small Axe – 2011.
Excerpt: “…as someone beats a pan; a skanking Marley jam…”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – At Sea - published in Munyori – 2011.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. - She Works – - national contest selection 2009 (published 2012 in Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Literature by Caribbean Women Volume 6)
Excerpt:“The dog growls
The fowl scratches at the ground”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. - After Glow – published in Tongues of the Ocean – 2009 (and So the Nail Head Bend, So the Story End in 2013)
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Friday Night Fish Fry – published in Sea Breeze – 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. - The Arrival - published in Calabash - 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Da’s Calypso – published in Calabash – 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. - Cold Paradise - published in Women Writers’ special voodoo issue – 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – reading excerpts from unpublished manuscript Closed for Repairs and poems Second Middle Passage and Apocalyptic Dance while a participant in the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami – 1995.
ISAAC-GELLIZEAU, DOTSIE – Home – - national contest selection (no word of announced publication) – 2009
Excerpt:“Her soul and heart rejoiced
Upright and locked position”
“It wasn’t all bright smiles, sea sand, sun and
Back home had its share of oppression in the sun
Back home had its share of dreams burnt in the
MEDICA, HAZRA – The Banana Stains - Highly Recommended in the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Contest - 2008/9.
“I see my father motioning for me to come to him. His face is grim- the inspector had not been kind to him. On the drive home I think of Mr. Massiah and his stained clothing. Mr. Massiah has calloused hands. His hands make me think of the banana trunk in my dream.”
“She loved the rhythm
of their singing
and the music of letters
spun off tongues,
that whirled in her ears.”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – The Nation Builders - at Medellin Poetry Festival – 2010.
“…condemned as job snatchers
Pounced on by immigration
They are herded into vans
Shackled like cattle…”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA -Easter Sunday - published in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 10 1996
Excerpt:“They say if you come back they goin’ block the entrance to the church.”
“For what? What I do to them?”
“They say you make the man leave his wife of twenty years to marry you.”
“But, that’s their business?”
“They don’t see how Joseph could leave his wife to marry you. You know what they call you?”
“Black, ugly, long mouth. . .”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Nager Man, Poverty, No Teeth Nana, Cha-Cha Town’s Blackbird – published in Palaver - Downtown Poet’s Co-op, New York, 1978.
SIMON, MONIQUE S. - Color of Love – published in Calabash Volume 3 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005
SIMON, MONIQUE S. – NIGHT LIGHT (Ode to Bolans Village, Antigua –‘Home’) – published in Calabash Volume 3 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005
“It was night, so it was light
Home for the night light
Man whispering to woman light
Child teasing child ‘bout daytime, schoolyard game light
Extension chord attached to hanging bulb over old wood tables with dominoes, cards,
and checkerboards light
Bob Marley, Short Shirt, King Obstinate, Charlie Pride, old-time calypso light
Home from ‘de week doing live-in maid job light
It was night, so it was light carried like electric current throughout the night in the small
Tonight, Saturday night
Bolans was dark but it was light, real light”
SIMON, MONIQUE S. - Raven in my Arms - published in Calabash Volume 3 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005