Antiguan and Barbudan Writers on the Web

You’ve reached the right page…your portal to the world of Antiguan and Barbudan writers (published and unpublished) on the web. Just follow the links…UPDATE: By the way, if you’re an Antiguan-Barbudan writer and your blog or web page 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 from these Links-We-Love pages. Linked sites are not, however, 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 (Joanne C. Hillhouse) –

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

There, you’ll also find links to my other pages around the web.

And now, in alphabetical order… Abbott, author of Sugar and other books is a Canadian author with Antiguan and Barbudan roots. Also here.

Rilys Adams is a talented writer (and former Wadadli Pen finalist) who blogs here. – Online blog of Zahra Airall who, with her partners in Women of Antigua, staged Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues before co-producing, co-writing and co-directing her own When a Woman Moans to rave reviews. She’s founder and director of Zee’s Youth Theatre; partner in August Rush productions, the group behind the Expressions poetry series and Young Poets Society of Antigua and Barbuda;  a high school literature teacher; and photographer. – Angelica (Ayoka) O’Donoghue was the 2006 winner of Wadadli Pen. Now she’s publisher of Antigua Chronicle. And this is her tumblr.

Like me, Brenda Lee Browne, a Wadadli Pen judge, delivers writing, editing, workshop and other writing and/or communication services. Here she invites people to Just Write. She also shares her passions at her blog, Handbags and Chocolate.

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.

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

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.

This is the link to 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”. and  – Beverly George (pictured) is the founding

 president of the Friends of Antigua Public Library started the Antigua Stories site as part of their Collecting Memories Project, inviting Antiguans and Barbudans to share their stories on all aspects of life in Antigua. To date, there are postings by Milton Benjamin, Max Hurst, Althea Romeo-Mark, Antigua’s Chief Librarian Dorothea Nelson, one of my pieces (How to Make Cassava Bread) and others including stories collected from elders by winners of the FOAPL short story competition. It’s interesting reading. Also check their listing of Antiguan Authors on the FOAPL site.

Daryl George is a 2012 and 2013 Wadadli Pen finalist. He’s also a blogger. This is his blog.

Linisa, left, and Zahra, right.

Linisa George shares credit with Zahra Airall for most of what’s referenced in her listing somewhere above: i.e. August Rush and its endeavours, and Women of Antigua and its endeavours. This is where she blogs. UPDATE Black Girl in the Ring has been upgraded from a blog to a bona fide magazine; check it out -lots of interesting articles.

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.

D. Gisele Isaac, original Wadadli Pen judge and ongoing supporter, is the author of Considering Venus and A & B’s first two films The Sweetest Mango and No Seed. She writes for and edits The Crier and this is a link to her book . – Fayola Jardine’s poetry.

http://bak2moi.wordpress.comTameka 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. Check out her home on the web; better yet pick up one of her books. – Another talented Antiguan poet and long time open mic regular: Aziza Lake, ladies and gentlemen, Aziza Lake.

Link to the works of Devil’s Bridge author Edgar O. Lake.

Joy Lapps’ YouTube channel.

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

Akua Maat’s blog is Simply Natural.

Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

http://caribbeanculturaljourney.blogspot.comFransene Massiah-Headley; looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while but what’s there should give some idea of what her book is about.

http://kimolisa.blogspot.com – This young Antiguan poet (Kimolisa Mings) has been a hit at August Rush’s Expressions, Wadadli Pen’s Open Mic, and other venues. She definitely rates a read; check her out and I’m sure you’ll agree.

http://www.motionlive.comMotion (Wendy Braithwaite) is a Canadian of Antiguan descent and a dynamic spoken word artist. Also here. – Honestly this too looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while but, for what it’s worth, it’s the blog of Antiguan poet Dr. Elaine Olaoye.

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

http://mydeafeningselah.blogspot.comKohlyah 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, Switzerland (that I know of) but when I first read her work in the Caribbean Writer, there was little doubt in my mind that ah Antigua she come from. Needless to say I’ve become a fan of her widely published and vivid testimonials in poetry of what it’s like to grow up on an island in the sun, survive a war zone, and start all over again in a foreign land. Her latest book If Only the Dust Would Settle is well worth a read.

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.

Spilling Ink – this is not strictly speaking a writer or even a literary group but seems to be more of a creative collective organizing and participating in activities across artistic genres – song, visual arts, literary, more.

Elaine Spires – a Brit who’s made Antigua a second home and Maisie and Em a hilarious part of the local theatrical landscape. She’s the author of What’s Eating Me? and other books and this is where she blogs.

Kara Stevens – an America-based financial advisor with Antiguan and Barbudan roots and several books to her credit. Her site, the Frugal Feminista, includes this blog.

Glen ‘Rasta Man’ Toussaint’s blog where you’ll find his poetry and musings, and laugh and smile to yourself while doing so – and here’s his wordpress blog which has an interesting and growing collection of stories built from Caribbean lore. It’s called Dat Bwoi for Jackie. Williams is the author of Pink Tea Cups and Blue Dresses and Through the Window; and of this blog of inner musings. – I discovered this young sister (Amber Williams-King) in 2011 when I participated in the Antiguan-Canadians’ 30th anniversary independence programme. She was one of the poets from the Anu-Tor writing group, sharing a couple of her pieces; and as I said to her afterwards, I like her flow.

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4 responses to “Antiguan and Barbudan Writers 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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