The Literary Diaspora

DISCLAIMER: This page links to third party sites. Linked sites are not 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. – largest, oldest, and most popular online bookstore dedicated to Black literature (US based and beyond); also provides a variety of resources and services to authors. – Arvon Blog. Arvon is the UK’s home of creative writing. – literary terms. – A Year of Reading the World. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Check out my interview with the author on the Caribbean leg of her journey. The A Year of Reading the World list of books. – Batchelor of Arts Theatre online – great site for the interviews alone, but also has much more; on the arts in general and the theatrical arts in particular. – book recommendations out of Africa.

Bernice L. McFadden – African American writer.

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Bernice McFadden, 2016, with Joanne C Hillhouse and Jamaica’s A-dZiko Simba Gegele during the BIM literary festival, is an African America with, I believe, familial links to Barbados.

Breadloaf Writers Conference – – I participated in this long running Vermont conference in 2008 thanks to the Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellowship.

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With other fellows from the 2008 Breadloaf Writers conference

Commonwealth Writers – the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. Connecting  writers and storytellers across the world, and bringing their stories to a global audience. Initiatives include the Adda platform and the Commonwealth short story prize, and sponsorship of the editing workshop 2016 in Guyana (left) and writing workshop 2018 in Barbados (right) pictured. – Story Writing 101.

Hurston Wright – uniting the legacies of literary adversaries Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright into a mega award much coveted by black authors and a writing programme that helps to prepare the next generation of wrtiers.  Founded by Marita Golden, this is the site.


Unburnable author Marie Elena John with music star John Legend at her book launch in 2006. This book and author was a 2007 nominee for the Hurston Wright Award for best first book.

Home Slice – a space for readers, viewers, and listeners looking for the stories, information and inspiration that mass media can at best deliver in quick hits.

The Journal of Commonwealth Literature – With over forty years of publication, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is internationally recognized as the leading critical and bibliographic forum in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures. It provides an essential reference tool for scholars, researchers, and information scientists.

The Literary Encyclopedia – The Literary Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving and updating repository of authoritative reference work about literary and cultural history.

Marita Golden – African American author and founder of the Hurston Wright programme for African American and diasporic writers.

The Modern Novel – a website that celebrates the world-wide literary novel since approximately the beginning of the twentieth century, arranged by nationality.

Online Writing Lab – The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction. And it’s free. – “How do you begin? You have to get to a very quiet place inside yourself…”

Poets and Writers– founded in 1970; the largest non-profit organization (in the US) serving creative writers.

PRIM – library of Blackness.

Questions and Quandaries Blog at Writers Digest. – a site – tagline: discover the best books – that curates lists of book recs for for readers. It includes lists by Caribbean authors e.g. Haitian writer Gwen Strauss’ Best Books by African American and Caribbean Female Writers, my (Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse’s) Best Teen/YA Caribbean novels for readers everywhere, Caribbean American scholar Carole Boyce Davis’ Best Books on Caribbean Reparative Justice, and Demarara sugar plantation born Eleanor P. Sam’s Best Books on Caribbean Slavery and its Aftermath, among other lists. – An alum of the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival and well known African American author, her blog is good reading on troubleshooting the writing life. She is a connoisseur of Black speculative fiction including horror.

Voices from the Gaps – an archive spotlighting the works of marginalized artists, particularly women writers of colour in North America.

A good spot to check for writing contests – Winning Writers. Also Don’t forget to search Opportunities on this site as well.

Yvonne McBride – just sharing one of the writers I’ve met along the way.

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Yvonne McBride, center, was one of my mates during a 2012 Callaloo workshop at Brown University. Our facilitators were Maaza Mengiste and Ravi Howard, top right. – Was thinking of the million and one things I had to figure out on my own and then adapt to my market when I started freelancing (some of which I’m still figuring out) and thought this might help for those of you with questions about how to do it. Also Don’t forget to search R & D on this site as well.

Zetta Elliott’s blog this is an author I first came across on the blog (now extinct) Novel Spaces. She lives in the US and is originally from Canada but has St. Kitts-Nevis roots.


As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and The Jungle Outside). All Rights Reserved. If you use, credit. It you enjoyed, check out my blogThanks.

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