I’ve been adding to the Thank You wall little by little but the generous 2014 Patrons and Partners deserve their own pages. So as we prepare for the official launch of our 2014 season in just about a month, I’m taking a minute to tell them publicly big up and thank you.
is the manager at the Best of Books, so she’s key to Best of Books’ support of our project; but she’s also making an author contribution as the author of two books – Antigua My Antigua and The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Antiguan Stories. Barbara is a rock both with her calm and with her reliability when it comes to making a way out of no way and always supporting the literary arts. Her books are good keepsakes as well for anyone of any age interested in Antiguan and Barbudan culture.
is a gallery on the south west side of the island, on the Sugar Ridge property to be specific. It is one of the Top Ten Galleries in the Caribbean according to Culture Trip, a global website that showcases art and culture in 200 countries worldwide. It has a wide selection and run developmental programmes like its juried exhibition and annual Christmas card competition. It contributed to our art prize in 2013 and will do so again in 2014, various gifts including items from the gallery and a mentorship session with artist in residence Jane Seagull – sure to be coveted by any budding artist. Owner Joy James will also be part of the judging team of the art component of the Wadadli Pen Prize.
bookstore is located on St. Mary’s Street. It is a popular hub for literary activities in Antigua, including the monthly Wadadli Pen Open Mic. It has given to Wadadli Pen from the beginning and has done more than give since 2010, assisting with lots behind the scenes, especially the awards preparation and hosting. Having the strain of planning and executing that on my own lifted has been key to Wadadli Pen being able to continue, so thanks to the management and staff for that, and thanks to the Best of Books for its contribution to our prize package, including the Wadadli Pen Challenge plaque on which the names of all our winners are emblazoned.
Four time Wadadli Pen judge and chief judge for the past 10 years Brenda had officially relinquished the role, but when I needed someone to come in this year to make a final call, she stepped up – as she continues to do with other programmes like her Just Write Writers Retreat and her writing programme in the prison. Appreciate her always going the extra mile for the literary arts.
is a busy artist. There’s her work with Women of Antigua – staging the Vagina Monologues and When a Woman Moans. There’s her work with August Rush – Expressions, the Young Poets Society and other theatrical support services. There’s her online publication Black Girl in the Ring, conceptualized from her autobiographical poem of the same name. All this while holding down her day job and finding time to continue creating her own poetry, poetry that’s landed her at the Poetry Parnassus at the 2012 Olympics and spots in publications like Parnassus at the 2012 Olympics in The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus and So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing.
Danielle Boodoo-Fortune Hackshaw – She contacted us and offered to contribute and then when asked to assist with the judging didn’t hesitate to say, yes. The Trinidadian writer and artist – owner of Wildflower Studio – is our kind of people. Congratulations to her on recently being included in a profile in Caribbean Beat magazine spotlighting “the most exciting recent talents remaking Trinidad’s literature”.
is an Antiguan folk historian and poet. During the latter part of 2013, she has also served as schools ambassador taking our message to every school on the island, you read that right, every school. That’s some serious miles and some serious dedication. She didn’t need to do anything else but she also volunteered contributions to our prize package including one special addition to the Teachers Prize.
is the Kittitian-Nevisian author behind the Caribbean Adventure Series. Mitchell is a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international children’s literary award established by the Swedish government in honour of the author best known for the Pipi Longstockings series of books. Mitchell has contributed gifts to Wadadli Pen in the past – and was also a guest facilitator this past summer at my Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project – and has dramatically increased her patronage in 2014. But she is listed here for also agreeing to be one of our 2014 judges.
was one of the first crop of winners of Wadadli Pen. She placed second in 2004 for her story Tekin Ahn Dey. Alas, she has never entered again but appreciates the programme well enough to agree to be one of our media spokespersons as we endeavour to get the word out and attract a record number of entries in our 10th year.
is a past Wadadli Pen winner (Road Trip to Paradise) who has gone on to publish her own online newspaper Antiguachronicle.net – in fact the pictures you see on the site from the 2013 awards ceremony…all her. This year she’s agreed to be one of our media ambassadors, helping us to get the word out for our 2014 season.
is actually the first past finalist who ever volunteered to assist. She’d aged out of the Challenge but was enthusiastic about what we were doing and she leaped in doing a little bit of everything from school visits to follow up with sponsors in her first year as a volunteer. She hasn’t been able to keep up that level of input but she has pitched in as able and will do so again in 2014.
Latisha Walker-Jacobs was one of our adult finalists one year and made the short list another year. She is on board for the first time as a volunteer pitching in in a couple of key areas.
is the author of two books. This will be her third year with Wadadli Pen as a judge as well. I love that she’s always so game, she offers before you even ask as she did with her contribution to this year’s prize package.
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