Caribbean Literary Resources

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Now, in mostly alphabetical order…

http://allenprize.org/ – The Allen Prize is committed to the development of young writers in Trinidad and Tobago much like Wadadli Pen is committed to the development of young writers (and now visual artists) in Antigua and Barbuda. We had to big them up; we just had to…it’s so good to come across a programme like this…and a kindred spirit like founder Lisa Allen-Agostini

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 – This is the site started by Summer Edward to nurture and promote Caribbean children’s literature. You’ll meet the authors and illustrators and read stories either written by children or written for the children’s market.  Check it out.

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ArtsEtc Inc. is an independent Barbadian publishing company and cultural forum founded in 2003 by writers Linda M. Deane and Robert Edison Sandiford. It aims to be the premier cultural forum for Barbados, offering readers independent, authoritative, entertaining, and timeless perspectives in words and pictures on all aspects of the nation’s arts.

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I only recently discovered this site but I’m really happy that I have especially with me pushing to pull budding artists on board for the 2014 season of Wadadli Pen. There are numerous ways that visual art and literature intersect from cover design to film to graphic novels or comics. Beyond Publishing Caribbean is an example of that.  Check out their work and be inspired.

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Calabash International Literary Festivalhttp://www.calabashfestival.org – I attended this with a group of Antiguan writers in 2007. It’s held in St. Elizabeth and included readings from esteemed writers from all over including all parts of the Commonwealth since the top contenders for the Commonwealth Writer Prize were there as well. It was fun but a good learning and networking experience as well.

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http://www.nyu.edu/calabash/ – This is a Caribbean focussed, international literary journal out of NYU. You’ll find interviews with literary elders, reviews, poetry (including three of mine in the Summer 2007 issue), short stories and not just from the English speaking Caribbean.

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http://www.caribbeanadventureseries.com – Nevisian Carol Ottley-Mitchell is founder of CaribbeanReads publishing and author of the Caribbean Adventure Series.

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Caribbean Books is being promoted as a new promotional service for Caribbean writers. I’m posting it here so that you can check it out.

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http://caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/ – This one focusses on publishing trends especially for the do-it-yourselfer, and also has interesting coverage of book clubs, authors, readings etc.

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Caribbean Civilization Tumblr

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Caribbean Intelligence appears to be a news site but they also run a writing contest which is what caught our eye.

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Caribbean Literary Action Group is self-described as “a working group of Caribbean writers, publishers, academics, festival coordinators and other persons from the literary sphere, with a shared interest in promoting Caribbean writing and publishing…(and the site is a) central resource for writers and publishers to gain information on publishing, marketing, distribution and bookselling in the Caribbean and to share their expertise and best practices.”

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 – the Caribbean Literary Salon– hats off to Anouska Kock, a freelance journalist and writer, born in the Netherlands to Dutch Surinamese parents and resident in Aruba, who drew Caribbean writers in this space to workshop, network, and support and promote each other. With more institutional support it could have been really something (but, alas); it is still present but not as vibrant as it once was.

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Caribbean Passion – one writer’s blog.

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Caribbean Press downloadable library.

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The group behind the lively Caribbean Adventure Series and my book Musical Youth, Caribbean Reads.

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The Caribbean Review of Books

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http://www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/ – produced by the University of the Virgin Islands is in the top tier of Caribbean literary journals. It publishes annually and as such the selection process can be rigorous; but it’s a good blend of old and new voices (including two pieces apiece of mine in Volume 18 and Volume 24). Order copies by emailing orders@thecaribbeanwriter.org

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Caribbean Studies Association – an independent professional organization devoted to the promotion of Caribbean studies from a multidisciplinary, multicultural point of view. It is the primary association for scholars and practitioners working on the Caribbean Region (including Central America and the Caribbean Coast of South America).

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Caribbean Tales  -the first full-service film sales, and distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean, and aims to become the reference point for producers and buyers of Caribbean-filmed content.

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http://danielleboodoofortune.blogspot.com – I’ve been a fan of Trini Danielle Boodoo Fortune’s poetry since I met and shared a panel with her in Barbados in 2008. Who knew she was such a delightful artist as well?

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With thanks to her for her generousity to our programme, we must add Diane Browne’s Blog which is a good fit actually with its focus on Caribbean Children’s Literature. At this writing, she has a totally unsolicited featured post on Wadadli Pen.

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The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) – a cooperative of  partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that provides  users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research  materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections. dLOC  comprises collections that speak to the similarities and differences in  histories, cultures, languages and governmental systems. Types of  collections include but are not limited to: newspapers, archives of  Caribbean leaders and governments, official documents, documentation  and numeric data for ecosystems, scientific scholarship, historic and  contemporary maps, oral and popular histories, travel accounts,  literature and poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts. One of the publications archived at dLOC is the Ma Comere Literary Journal, a publication of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. Archived there are issues covering a number of years 1998 to 2009. Ma Comere was the first to publish a poem of mine (Philly Ramblings 8) internationally and more recently the ACWWS hosted me at its 13th annual conference. Nothing but love for them and lots of good reading, scholarly and creative to be found; check it out.

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http://www.geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/ – Geoffrey Philp is a JAmerican author, who teaches at Miami Dade College and still finds time to maintain this very rich blog. It has author insights, Caribbean lit news, reviews, interviews; it’s never boring.

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Get Write! – the website of Bajan writer and filmmaker Shakirah Bourne.

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Groundation Grenada – a Collective developed by Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe and Richie Maitland to share the vision that Grenadian Society is fertile for positive change, requiring simply the necessary seeds and by extension the seed sowers.

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http://www.handsacrossthesea.net/HandsResources.htm – Recently discovered this project, Hands Across the Sea, designed to bring books to children in the region when contacted by them to discuss possible collaborations. Check them out; it’s definitely a worthy cause.

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This is the blog of children’s author Helen Williams aka Billy Elm (Delroy in the Marog Kingdom) – Beyond the Marog Kingdom – she writes about literacy issues and the literary arts.

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House of the Arts – the literary arts section.

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Island Fiction Series blog by Joanne Gail Johnson has interesting and insightful publishing industry perspectives.

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http://jambooks-fiction.blogspot.com/ – This is the blog spot of Hazel Campbell, veteran Caribbean children’s writer, who provides invaluable tips on readying your work for publication, issues in Caribbean literature with an emphasis on children’s literature, and other writing news.

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Jhohadli’s Writing, Editing, and Coaching Services – offered by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse to other writers as well as business clients of all type.

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Elsewhere on this site, check out John R. Lee’s West Indian Literature bibliography – admittedly not complete, it’s still quite comprehensive. There’s this link to his blog, as well.

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A site on the Legacies of British Slave Ownership.

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Leone Writes is the blog of Jamaican-British writer Leone Ross. Check it out.

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This is a two-fer, Trini novelist Liane Spicer’s bloghttp://www.lianespicer.blogspot.com – and a blog to which she and Caribbean author Carol Mitchell are regular contributors, Novel Spaces – http://novelspaces.blogspot.com. Both are good for interesting insights on the writing and publishing process.

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LoveAxe – A virtual summer 2012 book club whose members are Geoffrey Philp, Stephen Narain, and Kelly Baker Josephs.

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Marsha Gomes McKie’s blog – Gomes Mc Kie is founder of the Caribbean Books Foundation and one of the advocates for the writing and publishing of especially children and young adult fiction in the region.

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Memorial page for the late Angela Cropper, founder of the Cropper Foundation under which falls the Cropper Foundation Residential Workshop for Caribbean Writers.

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The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. And their old but still useful site.

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Papillotte Press, publisher of works by and about Dominicans.

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Pen Tuh Paper – Caribbeanness deconstructed, identities explained.

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http://poetsofthecaribbean.blogspot.com – I came across Jamaican born librarian and poetry lover Yasmin’s website (Poets of the Caribbean) via the network at CLS. I love that it celebrates Caribbean verse and especially like that she’s similarly committed to creating a listing of Caribbean Poets

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http://repeatingislands.com/ – Here’s one I check from time to time for general info on the Caribbean arts scene.

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Seawoman Press, a blog run by Bajan writer Sandra Sealey, is a good resource for market listings and news from the literary scene.

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http://signifyinguyana.typepad.com/charmainevalere/– This used to be Signifying Guyana, but then blogger, Charmaine Valere, decided that she should “have the balls to put (her) name right where (her) big mouth runs.” So it’s been re-branded under her name. It still delivers interesting news, reviews, series, and perspectives related to Caribbean Literature. Check it out.

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Society of Caribbean Book Writers and Scholars – Caribbean South Chapter – announced services for financial members include
1.       Member swap services – where we can barter editing with editing etc
2.       Illustrator list and contacts on the website – so members can use your services more.
3.       Free edits completed by Advisor for works under 1000 words
In addition to broader SCBWI benefits like:
·         Quarterly SCBWI magazine from the USA office
·         Weekly online industry updates via email and Facebook (please feel free to connect with me online)
·         Opportunity to attend the International Los Angeles & New York Conferences (conference fees to be borne by SCBWI member)
·         SCBWI biannual pre-Bologna Conference
·         USA and other international publisher information
Each member gets a personal page on Caribbean South website (i.e. in addition to your member page at the main site)
Any questions? Email info@marshagomes.com for Marsha Gomes-McKie, Regional Advisor, Caribbean South, SCBWI
Registration is done online at http://caribbeansouth.scbwi.org

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St. Lucia Oral History Project

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http://www.summeredward.com – This Trini sister has much love for the stories of childhood and we love her for it. Check out her site for happenings in the world of children and young adult lit, including reviews and recommendations. FYI, as a guest blogger on Summer’s site, I posted about the Wadadli Pen Project – see http://summeredward.blogspot.com/2010/08/guest-post-by-joanne-c-hillhouse.html

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Susumba regularly has news and interviews on not only literary events and talent but anything to with the cultural arts (with an emphasis on Jamaica).

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The Spaces Between Words: Conversations with Writers… and Caribbean Writers in particular. I may have posted this link already somewhere else on the site (it’s hard to keep up sometimes) but it’s worth sharing twice as it includes readings and audio interviews with some of the best on the contemporary Caribbean literary scene (Nalo Hopkinson to Tiphanie Yanique, Lorna Goodison to Marlon James).

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The University of the West Indies Press is a not-for-profit scholarly publisher of books in thirteen academic disciplines. It is particularly well known for its work in Caribbean history, Caribbean cultural studies, Caribbean literature, gender studies, education and political science. Founded in 1992, the press has over 350 books in print.

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Voices from Haiti – because often the arts provide the real insight to the soul of a nation.

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WiWords – the Caribbean Dictionary – it’s driven by user additions so be sure to add your Antiguanisms and Barbudanisms, Wadadlians.

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The Writing Clinic at UWI Mona – perused their site recently and what they’re doing is some of what I aspire to do here. Thought I’d share.

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Facebook page for Womanspeak, a journal of literature and art by Caribbean women

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I met Zee Edgell a couple of years after I first interviewed her by email…we were supposed to be on a panel together and had a long chat instead (at the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival). I found her to be down to earth and easy to talk to. It didn’t feel at all like there were three plus decades and a world of geography and literary miles between us. Check out the Beka Lamb author online at http://www.zeeedgell.com/Welcome.html

 

7 Comments

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7 responses to “Caribbean Literary Resources

  1. Hi Joanne,

    I love your blog. Thanks for including my poetry website in your listing. Continue to fly the Caribbean literary scene flag high. You are doing a great job. Yasmin

  2. Thanks, Yasmin. And ditto.

  3. Hi Joanne,

    Thanks for linking to loveaxe. Just a note that it’s Stephen Narain, not Annie Paul, who is blogging with Geoffrey and I.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

  4. Thanks so much Joanne for mentioning Anansesem and for this great resource.

  5. Some great resources, Joanne! Thanks for sharing.

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