Antiguan and Barbudan Writers (+Artists) on the Web

You’ve reached the right page…your portal to the world of Antiguan and Barbudan writers + artists (published and unpublished) on the web. This site has been edited to include artists, specifically the visual artists who are a part of the publishing ecosystem as cover artists and illustrators. Just follow the links…UPDATE: By the way, if you’re an Antiguan-Barbudan writer and your blog or web page/website isn’t listed, and you wish it to be, drop me a line  and I’ll look into it. If it is listed and you don’t wish it to be, let me know that too, and I’ll remove it.

DISCLAIMER: By definition, you’ll be linking to third party sites. Linked sites are not, therefore, reviewed or controlled by Wadadli Pen (the blog, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, nor coordinator/blogger Joanne C. Hillhouse); and Wadadli Pen (the blog, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and coordinator/blogger Joanne C. Hillhouse) disclaims any responsibility or liability relating to any linked sites and does not assume any responsibility for their contents. In other words, enter at your own risk.

First – this is me (Jhohadli) – I am a writer, author of several books, freelance writer and editor, writing coach, course and workshop facilitator, founder and coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (read about me and all of Team Wadadli Pen here), and still evolving.

@ Wadadli Pen fundariser, Word Up! 2006 (Photo by Laura Hall)

There, you’ll also find links to my other pages around the web. and to my Antiguan-Barbudan/Caribbean art and culture series CREATIVE SPACE.

Second – mock logo –  Wadadli Pen as of 2020 has its own You Tube channel – subscribe etc.

And now, in alphabetical order…

ElizabethAbott1 Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar and other books is a Canadian author with Antiguan and Barbudan roots. Also here.

Rilys Adams, writing as Rilzy Adams, is a prolific self-published author (and former Wadadli Pen finalist and later patron).

zahra Zahra Airall is a teacher, playwright-and-producer, partner in August Rush Productions, and photographer.

The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association which includes back issues of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

Makeida Antonio – Wadadli Writer.

Sue Evan-Wong writes as Sue Appleby. Her writings connect the Cornish and the Caribbean.

Francoise Bowen is a screenwriter and director and owner of the Francoise Bowen Acting Studio which runs filmmaking workshops. Here, too, is her youtube channel.

 Brenda Lee Browne is a former Wadadli Pen judge and founder of Just Write. She also shares her passions at her blog, Handbags and Chocolate.

Ashley Bryan is a prolific, multi-award winning American writer of African (and Antiguan) descent.

Chattinatti is an Antiguan who loves to “travel, write, read, watch the news and a few compelling tv series” and who works in “Media/Journalism and Marketing” . She aspires to be a published author some day.

Chante U. Codrington

Sally Davis with her Butterfly Kisses for the Soul.

TanyaEvanson Tanya Evanson – Part of a literary legacy (via her aunt Veronica Evanson Bernard), and a spoken word artist in her own right.

claudiaruthfrancis Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis was born in the UK of Barbudan and Canadian heritage. Check out her and her books, Tides that Bind and Road to Wadi Halfa.

Myra Francis’ blog which, she writes, is a segue to her yet to be published memoir, “40 Lessons in 40 Years: Putting Life into Perspective through Trials & Triumphs”.

Friends of Antigua Public Library’s Antigua Stories – a Collecting Memories Project.

Linisa George pic 2 Linisa George is a content creator, producer, and writer; also founder of both Black Girl in the Ring and Art. Culture. Antigua – the latter a Wadadli Pen patron.

Gayle Gonsalves – Antiguan-Canadian author of several books, including Painting Pictures and Other Stories, and the novel My Stories have no Ending.

P. E. Holdsworth – came across her byline in the liner notes of JusBus’ J. Nation CD – discovered from her online bio that she was born in Antigua.

Laura James – Brooklyn based artist of Antiguan-descent has illustrated covers of children’s books by award winning Jamaican writer Olive Senior.

Fayola Jardine Fayola Jardine’s poetry. Fayola is also a 2017 Wadadli Pen finalist.

 Tameka Jarvis-George author of Unexpected, and poetry collections – I Am, I Am That I Am, and Thoughts from the Pharcyde is unflinchingly bare in her writing.  She’s written a few more things by now, plus designed some things, produced some things; she’s always got something cooking.

Sarah P. King – physician, fitness and lifestyle advisor, and author.

Aziza Lake – an Antiguan poet, now a Senator.

Joy Lapps’ YouTube channel.

Nekisha Lewis – her poetry blog is intriguingly named Societal Reject.

Akua Maat’s blog is Simply Natural.

Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

Marcel Marshall

Fransene Massiah-Headley

kim Kimolisa Mings is a poet, open mic regular, and writer. She has two blogs; here’s the other one. Mings also built the very valuable bus stop Antigua website to help visitors and locals alike get around the island.

 Motion (Wendy Braithwaite) is a Canadian of Antiguan descent and a dynamic spoken word artist and writer.

Koren Norton 

Angelica Odonoghue Angelica (Ayoka) O’Donoghue was the 2006 winner of Wadadli Pen. The National Youth Award winner was also publisher of Antigua Chronicle.

Elaine Olaoye – Antiguan poet.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips  – Award-winning American poet with Antiguan and Barbudan roots.

Kohlyah Piper was second placed overall in 2014 for the Wadadli Pen Challenge prize; as of 2015, this is where she’s blogging her poetry.

 Althea Romeo-Mark  left Antigua ages ago, came of age in the USVI, and has lived her adult life in the U.S., Liberia, Britain, and Switzerland.

Dena Simmons – educator. speaker. change agent. writer.

Monique S. Simon and her Caribbean Folklore Project. A bit about Monique: she teaches at the college level, her areas of expertise being literature of the black world, communications, and teaching strategies. She’s also widely published and has also performed her work (Adynah) on the NY stage.

Elaine2 Elaine Spires – a Brit who made Antigua a second home, set several of her writings in Antigua, and collaborated with local artist Heather Doram to make Maisie and Em a hilarious part of the local theatrical and film landscape. She’s the author of What’s Eating Me? and other books and this is where she blogs.

Eurita Taylor

Tekhiyah blogs as the Antiguan Vegan.

Anthea Thomas is not only a writer of text books; she also has a health and lifestyle blog, Anthea’s Inspiring World.

Glen Toussaint Glen ‘Rasta Man’ Toussaint’s blog where you’ll find his poetry and musings, and laugh and smile to yourself while doing so –  and Dat Bwoi for Jackie is his wordpress blog which has an interesting and growing collection of stories built from Caribbean lore. Glen is also a past Wadadli Pen judge and host of the Best of Books’ Wadadli Pen Open Mic (as of 2020 owner of his own online and pop-up bookstore Ten Pages, and a Wadadli Pen patron)

Shana Jahsinta Walters  who according to her blog bio has published over 200 short books (!) only a fraction of which have been found and listed on this site.

 Floree Williams is the author of Pink Tea Cups and Blue Dresses and Through the Window; and of this blog of inner musings. In 2017, she launched Moondancer Books. She’s a Wadadli Pen team member.

Amber Williams-King was has been published in So the Nailhead Bend.

As with all content on, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, With Grace, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.


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4 responses to “Antiguan and Barbudan Writers (+Artists) on the Web

  1. monica

    Thanks you Wadadli Pen for keeping the memoryof my work alive. Ms. Hillhouse, you are doing a great job with the young writers in Antigua. Growing up in Antigua back then, there was no encouragement to write our own feelings and thoughts , as if our stories had little significance. Thanks to folks like Ms Hillhouse who are allowing the youths of today to do so. Bless all those who give of their time for the purpose of the written word.

  2. This is a great idea. I’m subscribing to some of these writers as well. Thanks for including me too. 🙂 Blessings!

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