Antiguan and Barbudan Poets

I started putting together a list a list of books by Antiguan and Barbudan authors and books about Antigua and Barbuda back in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum; I’ve been editing and updating it ever since. It includes books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and adopted, as well books by Antiguan descendents born elsewhere; some with non-specific connections to the island who feature Antigua prominently in their writings may also make the cut. I’m just trying to make it as complete as possible. Any errors and/or omissions are unintentional. Just let me know and I’ll do the research and add them. Before you do, though, check the main list ‘Antiguan and Barbudan Writers’ for the complete listing as writers writing in more than one genre are listed only twice, so far: in one of the genre lists and the main list. Use the site’s search feature to find fiction, non fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and the main list of Antiguan and Barbudan writing. In any case, it should be noted that the list is not exhaustive as, solely at my discretion, I’ve limited it to writers with a book or CD, and have omitted publication in journals and/or periodicals purely as a matter of containment. I’ve since started separate lists for  journal publications, Reviews of published works, song lyricists, screenwriters and playwrights. I will continue to build on these incomplete lists time allowing.  And, before you ask, no I have not read them all…can’t promise that I will read them all. Finally, no problem with people utilizing or sharing the list, but a lot of time went into doing this, so please give credit where due and link back . Thanks. Full disclosure: some of the ‘Abouts’ are taken from the descriptions found, if not on the book jacket, then on Amazon or Google Books.

Name: Rilys Adams 

 CD: Laid Bare. Chosen Sounds. Antigua. 2009.

About the CD:

Rilys did this CD when she was just 19 in what is described was described by one reviewer in floetry style; it is produced by J. Omari Harrigan.

About the Author:

Rilys Adams is a law student and aspiring novelist. She is also a past Wadadli Pen finalist. She blogs here.

 *For more on the author and her writings see fiction and main writing page.

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Name: Zahra Airall

Book:

From the Window and Missing Him in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

*For more on the author and her writings see the screen and playwriting page.

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Name: Sylvanus Barnes

Photo by Gemma Hazelwood (@ 2006 Wadadli Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)
Books:
Fling Stone inna Hog Pen: Volume 2 – Humorous, Studious, and Lugubrious. Antigua. 2009.
 
Fling Stone inna Hog Pen: Volume 1 – Loyal Mates and Reprobates. Antigua. 2009.
 
Barney’s Wit ‘n Wisdom. Antigua. 2005.
 
Riotous Rhymes ‘N Remedies. Antigua. 2000.

About the Author:

Sylvanus Barnes works at the Ministry of Education. He is the proud recipient of a UNESCO prize for his contribution to the literacy arts in Antigua and Barbuda. He enjoys writing humorous pieces.

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Name: Blue

Book: Metamorphosis: Love and Life in Antigua, Poetry by Blue. Seaburn. USA. 2015.

About the Book:

About the Author: Blue is an American citizen resident in the Caribbean. Her real name is Wendy Knight.

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Name: Brenda Lee Browne

Books:

Where is my Daughter in Women in War: Saying NO to Gender Violence. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. USA. 2015.

About the Book: Women in War is a book written to join the campaign against women exploitation and oppression.

About the Author: Brenda Lee Browne was born in England to Antiguan parents; she lives in Antigua where she has mentored other young writers while continuing to work on her own and work behind the scenes of one of the Caribbean’s greatest past times, cricket. She is former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee.
See also Fiction

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Name: Irene Browne-Bowen

Books:

Literary Collection No. II. 1997.

Literary Collection No. I. 1995.

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Name: Roy H. S. Dublin

Books:

Tomorrow’s Blossoms.  Magnet Printery,  1934; SCRIP-J, Trinidad/Entertainment Bazaar, Antigua, 2010.

Thoughts from Benwar Hill. ?

Out of the Unknown. 1932.

About the Books:

Dublin’s Tomorrow’s Blossoms, recently issued, was first published in 1934 to commemorate the tercentenary year of the colonization of Antigua and the centenary year of emancipation. It was awarded the King’s Medal. The second edition of the book commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth.

About the Author:

The late Roy Dublin (1907-1949) of Cedar Grove, Antigua was a poet, scholar, teacher, and musician; also a social worker and family man.

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Name: Bille Dyer

Book:

As Man Ascends.

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Name: Shakeema Edwards

Books:    

Chapter Forty-Five (Dancing Nude in the Moonlight fan fiction) & This Dance of Ours (poetry inspired by Dancing Nude in the Moonlight) – both fiction and poetry prize winners in a contest sponsored by the Best of Books bookstore – published in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings. Insomniac. Canada. 2015.

Let the Black Woman Sing and When Jazz Meets Blues in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Book:

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight: 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (by Joanne C. Hillhouse) was originally published as a novella and was re-issued with fan fiction by Edwards and others in addition to other extras.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince) is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Shakeema is a former Wadadli Pen finalist. She’s also won the Best of Books V-Day Literary Competition, the Best of Books/Joanne C. Hillhouse Dancing Nude in the Moonlight Next Chapter contest, the Floree Williams Childhood stories competition, and the Independence Literary Arts Competition.

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Name: Tanya Evanson

Books/CDs:

The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry [edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Graham], Frontenac House Ltd., Canada, 2013.

Language for Gods. Mother Tongue Media. 2012.

Love Letter to Anatolia. Mother Tongue Media. 2012.

Blue Bop – Volume 1. Dark River Media, USA, 2009.

The Memorists. Mother Tongue Media. 2008.

800 – Mercan Dede. Doublemoon Records, Turkey, 2007.

Southfull – Brifo. La Baleine Records, France, 2006.

Invisible World. Mother Tongue Media. 2004.

Coastal Tongue: CD Anthology of Women in Spoken Word in Vancouver [Ed. by T. L. Cowal and Tory Bricker]. Canada, 2004.

Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature [edited by Wayne Compton]. Arsenal Press. 2002.

All Wound Up: Alternative Writing from BC. Ripple Effect Press. 2002.

The Golden Section. Mother Tongue Media. 2001.

Ribsauce: A CD Anthology of Words. Wired on Words, Vehicular Press, Canada, 2001.

Cut of Buddha/The Vancouver Eloquence. Mother Tongue Media. 2000.

Throwing Skin: South American Poems 1997-1998. Mother Tongue Media. 1999, 2000.

World Class Animal. Mother Tongue Media. 1997.

LA VACHE ENRAGÉE ANTHOLOGIE 1996 – 1997. [Edited by Mitsiko Miller]. Revue Stop. 1997.

Blood in Blood Out: A Universal Preparation. Mother Tongue Media. 1996.

About the Books/CDs:

The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.

Language for Gods is the third spoken wor.l.d music album for Tanya Evanson. A fusion of poetics + dub + jazz + experimental soundz exploring concepts of family, mythology, dialect, silence and technology.

The Memorists is an audio CD of poetry with music jewels of jazz, Africa, Anatolia and Arabia. It is based on work written during four years of life in Istanbul, Turkey, and features collaborations with classical and gypsy musicians as well as well known Vancouver jazz, funk, and world artistes.

Invisible World is an audio CD featuring original poems, songs, stories and traditional prayers based on work written during extensive world travels.

About the Author:

Since 1995, Tanya Evanson has been performing spoken word and dub poetry with Canadian, Turkish and other musicians backing her. She is a relation of Veronica Evanson Bernard.

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Name: Veronica Evanson Bernard

 Books:

Pineapple Rhymes [w/illustrations by Eddie Granderson]. Blackwood Press. Atlanta. 1989.

Coconut Walk. Creative Print & Graphics. 199?

About the Author:

Writing in the local vernacular before it was common to do so, Veronica Evanson Bernard was featured in the 2010 edition of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books as a pioneer of Antiguan verse. She passed on to the after life in 2010 at age 80. The former Antigua Girls High School teacher and adult education teacher was resident in New York at the time. She was a former Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University.

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Name: N. Erna Mae Francis

Books:

How to Thrive in Trying Times. Author House. 2009.

Poetic Vibes to Help You Thrive.

It’s Time for a Change. E. Francis Global Enterprise. 1996.

About the Author:

N. Erna Mae Francis was born in Swetes, Antigua, and relocated to St. Maarten at age eight. She holds a Bachelors in psychology, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. She is a certified success coach and the visionary behind Victorious Living.

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Name: Linisa George

Books:

Add Cream and The Phenomenal Black Woman Remixed in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Brown Girl in the Ring in The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus. Bloodaxe Books. UK. 2013.

About the Book:

The World Record is an international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, featuring a poem from each of the 204 Olympic nations, from Armenia to Tuvalu, Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan. There are new voices as well as world greats, rappers and spoken word artists, poets and storytellers. The World Record marks the first time so many living poets from so many countries have been gathered together in one anthology – and 2012 is the first time so many poets have been gathered in one place.

About the Author:

Playwright, producer, stage director, and theatre director, Linisa George is originally from Guyana, but migrated to Antigua as a child. She’s been writing since childhood but it wasn’t until her return to Antigua from Canada in 2005 that she went public with it. Since then, she’s been quite active as a member of Women of Antigua, producers of local stagings of the Vagina Monologues and architects of its local counterpart When a Woman Moans; founder of the Young Poets Society of Antigua and Barbuda; and partner in August Rush, producers of the Expressions open mic series and more.  Her most recent project is the online magazine Black Girl in the Ring.
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Name: Eileen Hall Lake

Books:

The Fountain and the Bough. C. Scribner’s Sons Co. USA. 1938.

About the Book:

Eileen Hall Lake’s collection received a fine review in Poetry Review in 1939, according to the 2012 edition of the Antiguan and Barbuda Review of Books.

About the Author:

Born Eileen Hall in Antigua, she became Eileen Lake and Eileen Hall Lake after marrying Dr. Michael Lake. Her father’s family was from Oxford and her mother was part French-part Irish, with the French side having been in the then British West Indies since the mid-17th century. In addition to writing poetry and stories – published in Harper’s, Poetry, and American Mercury among others, she was also known for her translations of works by short story writers. Her association with English novelist and critic, a key player in the development of early 20th century literature, Ford Maddox Ford is well documented.

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Name: Lauchland Henry

Books:

The Professional’s Guide to Working Smarter. Burrill-Elsworth Associates. USA. 1988.

Talk to Me. L H Publications. USA. 1979.

Touch Me Inside. High Q Publications. USA. 1975.

About the Author:

Born in Antigua, resident in America, Lauchland is a poet and former member of the marine corps who also holds a PhD in engineering sciences.

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Name: Agnes Cecilia Hewlett-Carrington

Book:

Allo et au ‘Voir. London. 1972.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

“Under Pressure” in A River of Stories (Volume 4 – Fire). Lift Education/Commonwealth Education Trust. New Zealand. 2016.

“One” and “A Religious Experience” in She SEX – Prose and Poetry: SEX and the Caribbean Woman. Bamboo Talk Press. Trinidad. 2013.

On Becoming [as jhohadli]. Poetry. self-published. Antigua. 2003.

About the Books:

Sex, Prose and Poetry, SEX and the Caribbean Woman. “She Sex is an important gathering of women’s voices.” – Tiphanie Yanique, author of How to Survive a Leper Colony

On Becoming. In this voice, jhohadli (Joanne) speaks from her soul, exploring pain and joy, love and hate, and various things in between.

*See other books and more about this author in Fiction, Non Fiction, and Children’s Fiction.

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Name: Sheryl Inigo Joseph 

Book:

The Falling Rain.

Poetry and Reality.

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Name: Dotsie Isaac-Gellizeau

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

Books/CD:

I am Speaking (CD). Antigua. 2014.

Brain Freeze and The Saddest Story in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Ab-SOUL-utely Dotsie. Antigua. 2004.

About the Books/CD:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

Ab-Soul-utely Dotsie is a spoken word CD.

About the Author:

Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau, a former Wadadli Pen judge, built her rep on the Antiguan and Barbudan open mic scene before putting out her first CD. Her poetry has been performed in theatrical productions like When a Woman Moans.

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Name: Sylvester Itoyah

Books: 

She Stood Naked. 1996.

 

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Names: Simmons, Mikhail; Lake, Gloreen; James, Olsfred
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Book:

Ashes: the Continuum. 2016.

Ashes: A Broken Inception. 2015.

About the Book:
(Full product description) – Ashes: A Broken Inception. Time and time again, we hear stories, tales, words of Wisdom about the love of woman leading to the death of man, the pathway to a life of doom and the absolute perish of our way of life should we choose to pursue, woman. Since the beginning of time, these stories have circulated and evidently fallen on deaf ears. This however, is not that story. This is the unedited tale, the pure and uninfected truth, the deniable and unwanted facts of love. This, is both sides of the coin… It is the journey and pain both man and woman battle for each other and the omnipotent obstacles that brew in the midst of it all. This is…The Ashes of it all.
Binded within each shred of oak, soaked deep in its roots, is an unorthodox complement to each tale. A depiction of the short story, reflected by poems of essence bringing forth the aroma, the emotion, the deep and confidential thoughts of two men and a woman in Ashes. May your heart burn and endure, reach and bloom, rise to inner understanding, as each unnamed yet characterful persona take you, through their roots.

About the authors:
The authors have entered and been inspired to write by Wadadli Pen over the years and one of them, James, was a Best of Books pick (a finalist) in the 2015 Wadadli Pen flash fiction Challenge.

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Name: Tameka Jarvis-George

Books:

Selfish and Uncomfortable in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

I am. Hidden Brook Press. 2005.

I am that I am. Watermark Press. MD. 2000.

Thoughts from the Pharcyde. Hidden Brook Press. 1999.

*See other books and more about this author in screenwriting, fiction, and songwriting listings.

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Name: Joseph Jermaine

Books:

Creative Thoughts. 2002.

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Name: Clifton Joseph

Books:

Memories and I Remember Back Home in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Chuckie Prophecy, *footnote to the end of a love affair, RITES/FOR WALTER RODNEY in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Oral/ Trans/Missions [w/the Livestock Band]. Europe. 1990.

Metropolitan Blues. Domestic Bliss. Canada. 1983.

About the Author:

Clifton Joseph is a journalist and broadcaster in addition to being a poet. He is a founding member of the Dub Poetry movement in Canada.

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Name: Llewelyn Joseph

Books:

I saw My Father Naked and Immigrant Blues in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Author:

Poetry has been part of Antiguan, Llewellyn Joseph’s life from infancy – hearing it read, recited; reading and reciting to parents, church congregations, and school concert audiences. Influences on his poetry include living the Black experience, the midsixties to late seventies, and coming to appreciate what he calls ‘the condition of being Black’; nodal life experiences; becoming a parent; and the changing relationships with aging parents.

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Names: Simmons, Mikhail; Lake, Gloreen; James, Olsfred
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Book:

Ashes: the Continuum. 2016.

Ashes: A Broken Inception. 2015.

About the Book:
(Full product description) – Ashes: A Broken Inception. Time and time again, we hear stories, tales, words of Wisdom about the love of woman leading to the death of man, the pathway to a life of doom and the absolute perish of our way of life should we choose to pursue, woman. Since the beginning of time, these stories have circulated and evidently fallen on deaf ears. This however, is not that story. This is the unedited tale, the pure and uninfected truth, the deniable and unwanted facts of love. This, is both sides of the coin… It is the journey and pain both man and woman battle for each other and the omnipotent obstacles that brew in the midst of it all. This is…The Ashes of it all.
Binded within each shred of oak, soaked deep in its roots, is an unorthodox complement to each tale. A depiction of the short story, reflected by poems of essence bringing forth the aroma, the emotion, the deep and confidential thoughts of two men and a woman in Ashes. May your heart burn and endure, reach and bloom, rise to inner understanding, as each unnamed yet characterful persona take you, through their roots.

About the authors:
The authors have entered and been inspired to write by Wadadli Pen over the years and one of them, James, was a Best of Books pick (a finalist) in the 2015 Wadadli Pen flash fiction Challenge.

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 Name: Joy Lawrence 

Books:

“The Whirlwind” in A River of Stories (Volume 3 – Air). Lift Education/Commonwealth Education Trust. New Zealand. 2016.

Island Spice. Antigua. 1996. 1997.

About the Poet:

Born in Bethesda village Antigua, Joy Lawrence would grow to become an educator as well as a prolific poet, historian, and folklorist. She was a senior lecturer at the Antigua State College and founder of the ASC/UNESCO annual poetry contest. Ms. Lawrence was awarded the 2004 UNESCO Honour Award by the organization’s literary arts committee, for her contribution to literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Kaliq Lowe

Books:

Some Things Never Change and Free-Falling in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Kaliq Lowe wrote his first poem in Grade 2 for an English assignment for his teacher, and in 2008, he won first place in the poetry competition for the Antigua & Barbuda Literary Arts Competition. He continues to write.

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Name: Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

Books:

Sins of My Father (memoir). USA.

Self-Portrait (CD). USA.

40 Days n 40 Nites of Write. USA.

Amerikkkan Exile. USA.

41 Times: Poems. Iyaba Arts. USA. 2000.

About the Books:

Sins of My Fathers is the debut novel of painter, poet, playwright, actor and teacher Iyaba Ibo Mandingo.

41 Times: Poems – “Iyaba’s poetry has many of the characteristics of his paintings, the narration, the subject matter and the emotions which flows from a well spring of Black experience i.e. slavery, Black on Black crime, police brutality, Rastafari, Black love and more.” [from the back cover]

About the Author:

Iyaba Ibo Mandingo – poet, painter, writer, teacher and playwright – is a native of Antigua, West Indies, who came to the United States in 1980 as a young boy. His earliest exposures to the arts were through his mother, a professional singer, and his grandparents, a tailor and a seamstress who first introduced him to colors and patterns, paving a path to the many ways of expression: drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and performing. Iyaba studied fine arts at Southern Connecticut State University and today teaches in and around the tri-state area as a Master Teaching Artist. He is a repeat Connecticut Grand Slam champion and Yale University’s Martin Luther King Birthday Invitational Slam. He appears regularly as a performance poet in venues across the United States and abroad, including Nuyorican Poetry Café, Brooklyn Moon, and Next Door Café among others in the NY area and was the keynote performer at the 2011 Westchester, NY Poetry Festival. Iyaba was awarded a national Percent for the Arts Program artist grant, as well as grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and multiple commendations from the Nassau County African American Museum. His artwork has been included in over a dozen group and individual shows in the tri-state area.

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Name: Fransene Massiah-Headley

Books:

Pepperpot…A Caribbean Woman’s Story…Poems for the Stage. Dominica. 2008.

About the Books:

Pepperpot is a Look at the Antigua culture. It documents a  Caribbean woman’s life story while revealing some of Antigua’s rich history employing the Antiguan Nation Language to tell the story of the characters.

About the Author:

Fransene Massiah—Headley is an Antiguan educator, writer and dramatist. Writer and Dramatist.

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Name: Monica Matthew

Books:

Wha You Come From? What Makes You Who You Are? in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

*See other books and more about this author in non fiction.

About the Author:

Monica Matthew was born in the parish of St. Phillips, and grew up in the Grays Green community, in Antigua. In Grays Farm, a loving woman, Mary Ambrose, raised her, along with her many children. She taught for many years at the Greenbay Government School, the Antigua Grammar School and then the Ottos Comprehensive School before leaving to teach Home Economics and Nutrition in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands. At New York City Technical College in Brooklyn, Monica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management and The Applied Sciences.  She was named Tourism Ambassador of Antigua in 2008. She is the founder of Grays Farm Publishing.

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Name: Carolyn Matthew Nation

Books:

Poetry for Life. Trafford Publishing. 2009.

About the Book:

Poetry for Life is a collection of poems to encourage the soul, heart, and  mind.  It is all about life:- our creator – God Almighty,  challenges, trials, love, successes, attitudes, humor etc. Some of these poems  are true life experiences of the author.

About the Author:

Carolyn Matthew-Nation is from Antigua and  Barbuda. She pursued Business  Management Studies at the Antigua State  College where she graduated in 1994.   She went on to pursue basic training as  well as various  accomplishments within  her field of study.  In 1993, a year  after meeting her would be husband was  when her poetic skills emerged.  She  wrote her first poem that  August  entitled ‘Strangers at the  Seashore’.  It was from there she  knew she was  gifted with a passion for  poetry.  She went on to marry her  sweetheart and they now have two  children.

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Name: Rosie McMaster

Books:

The Pain of Old Age and the Blind are Very Blessed in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Rosemarie V. McMaster is the owner, and Managing and Production Director of Antigua’s famous pepper-sauce, “Susie’s Hot Sauce”. She is also an accomplished travel consultant, and is a dedicated public servant. In 2005, Rosie was awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ Award in Florida; and also the Most Illustrious Order of Merit in Antigua, for her contribution to industry and commerce. In October 2009, she was presented the prestigious MBE Award by HRH Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

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Name: Franklin Michael

Books:

published in Out of the Stars 2. 1976

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Name: Vivian Michael 

Works:

Words Left Unsaid and My Inspiration in Collective Soul Volume One. Chrysalis. Antigua. 1998.

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Name: Kimolisa Mings

Books:

Woman Defined. 2014.

She Wanted a Love Poem. 2014.

kims booksAbout the Book:

Woman Defined. How do you define a woman? Do you define her by her experiences in the past? Her choices in the present? Or her dreams for the future? This collection of poems illustrates the defining moments in the life of the poet. Moments that shaped the choices she made and held her back from truly living in the present. In coming to terms with the past, one can let go of it, and enjoy the present.

She Wanted A Love Poem is a collection of poems with the common theme of love. But there is more to the four letter word than the intense affection between a man and a woman. There is the love between members of a family, there is forbidden love and loved tied up in the web of complexity. Like all things, there is a beginning and an end, and as easily as it is found, love is lost. Hopefully at the end of this collection of poems, you will comprehend the complexities behind the four letter world called love.

About the Author:

Kimolisa Mings started writing poetry after she was encouraged to do so by her English teacher, Ms. Joseph. Although her body of work grew with the passing of years, it was only in 2005 that Kimolisa started to share her work at local open mic events. In 2008, she started a blog called Kim or Lisa, where one can find her older poems and her latest poems. In 2011, Kimolisa won the Independence Literary Award for Poetry in the adult division. In 2012, one of her poems was featured in “When A Woman Moans”, a local twist on the Vagina Monologues. Kimolisa’s first book was the short story ebook Martine, self-published  in 2012. See her other books in the fiction section.

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Name: Motion

Books/CDs:

Home in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: New Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [edited by Dr. Althea Prince] A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry [edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Graham], Frontenac House Ltd., Canada, 2013.

Locks and Love, Graf, SheLand*, Be Girl in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

GIVE VOICE: Ten Plays From the Obsidian Theatre Company’s Playwrights Unit [edited by Rita Shelton Deverell], Playwrights Canada Press, 2011.

40 Dayz. Canadian Scholars Press. 2008.

Girl and I-Land in Revival: An Anthology of the Best Black Canadian Writing [Editor by Donna Bailey Nurse], McClelland & Stewart, 2006.

T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers [Edited by Karen Richardson and Green], Trafford Publishing, 2006.

Motion in Poetry. Women’s Press. Canada. 2002.

About the Books:

The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.

In the Black is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry and hip hop, some of Black Canada’s foremost writers from across generations explore history, community, love, and healing. The collection consists of writing from Catherine Bain, George Elliott Clarke, Gayle Gonsalves, Joanne C. Hillhouse, Clifton Joseph, Dwayne Morgan, Motion, Jelani Nias (J-Wyze), Djanet Sears, Mansa Trotman, and the editor, Althea Prince.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

Give Voice features these short plays, in the many dialects of the Black voice and highlight the talent of some of Canada’s brightest emerging playwrights. Featuring new plays by Motion, Dian Marie Bridge, Rachel Lee Rickards and more.

40 Dayz is Motion’s second book of poetry; an entrancing journey through challenge, discovery, and transformation. It is  topical, sensual, sometimes provocative, often beautiful, and always engagingly rhythmic. The poems all allude to or explore the theme of “40 dayz,” reflecting the literary side of Motion”s artistry, while retaining the amazing power of her spoken-word style. Among them is the acclaimed “connect the t.dots,” winner of the first annual CBC Poetry Face-Off.

Drawing on fiction, poetry, and memoir, Revival brings together an impressively varied selection of outstanding work by both well-known writers and new voices. Donna Bailey Nurse’s lively and invaluable introduction deftly explores the various themes and motifs that define and illuminate the meaning of being black, while tracing the evolution of this influential literature through colonialism, post-colonialism, and decolonization.

Birthed at the popular open-mic series, La Parole, T Dot Griots is an intimate journey through previously undocumented Canadian experiences, reporting from Toronto’s black communities in fiction, poetry, articles, plays and songs. The book features contributions by over forty writers of African descent, either raised in or residing in Toronto.

Motion in Poetry is a print edition and Audio Xperience. Motion tells her powerful stories of identity, strength, and place; charting a journey in language that is rich in contemporary African-Canadian rhythms.

About the Author:

Motion is the daughter of an Antiguan mother. She is an award winning artist whose accolades began when she became the first female Hip Hop artist to be nominated for MuchMusic’s Best Rap Video. Her pioneering presence continued when her commentary on urban life and love in Toronto made her the winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-Off with her nationally acclaimed poem ‘Connect the T.Dots’. Motion is the first Hip Hop artist in Canada to publish a collection of writings, Motion in Poetry, with the companion album, the Audio Xperience. She’s performed at Russell Simmonds Def Poetry Jam on HBO and is a member of the Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit. She’s written for stage and screen

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Name: Kamau Ode Lasana

Books:

Roadside Prophet & Other Poems. Blackground Productions. Canada. 2000. 

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Name: Elaine Olaoye

Books:

Passions of the Soul. Second Edition,  Northwind Publishers, New Jersey. 2002.

About the Book:

Dr O review (previously published in the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books).

About the Author:

Dr. Elaine Henry Olaoye received her Ph.D in 1981 and is a Professor of Psychology at Brookdale Community College, and an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a poet who believes in the therapeutic value of poetry. As CEO of NorthWest Enterprises, she conducts workshops, presents papers, and consults in the areas of stress management, education psychology and positive psychology. She sponsors an International Poetry and Psychology Performance at Brookdale and, in Antigua, sponsors the annual Elaine Henry Olaoye and Tori Antigua Girls High School Scholarship.

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Name: Germaine Owen.

Books:

 I Could Fly Like a Bird. Trafford Publishing, Canada, 2003.

About the Author:

Germaine Owen was born in St. Croix to Antiguan parents. She first published as an undergraduate from John Hopkins University. She is a practicing physician who also writes creatively. She is at work on her first novel.

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Name: J. Nerissa Percival 

Book:

Butterfly in the Sunlight. iuniverse.com, 2006.

Butterfly in the Moonlight. iuniverse.com, 2006.

About the Books:

Butterfly In The Sunlight is a happier sequel to Butterfly in the Moonlight. It begins on an uncertain and somewhat troubled note within the mind and heart of the main character, but ends triumphantly as true love is finally obtained. Additionally, Butterfly In The Sunlight contains a compelling and heartbreaking factual short story, which delivers an earth shattering message to young women across the world.

Butterfly in the Moonlight is a collection of poetry conceived in the innermost recesses of a young but experienced mind; with love – its beauty and ugliness – as its central theme.

About the Author:

R.I.P., Nerissa. Gone too soon.

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Name: Sislyn Peters 

 Book:

Shades of a Colonial Coloured. AuthorHouse. 2009.

 A Little Souvenir in Poetry. AuthorHouse. 2008.

 Undocumented Citizen. AuthorHouse. 2007.

 A Souvenir of Antigua in Poetry. AuthorHouse. 2006.

About the Books:

Shades of a Colonial Coloured: An Autobiography chronicles the  author’s memory milestones, such as asking her mother to pick her up, at age one-and-a-half; Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation celebration, at three years old; and the colony’s conversion from British pounds, shillings and pence to the new Eastern Caribbean Currency of dollars and cents, at age ten, among others. The author documents taboo subject questions such as “Where do babies come from?” She touches on the very subtle racism that lurks amongst a few people; the days of migration to England; her first encounter with Rock & Roll and the juke box; and her first peek into American racism. The book gives insight into the author’s makeup and foundation, literally. It shows her enthusiasm for learning, and her curiosity about humanity. It also reveals how much corporal punishment was used in home and school. This autobiography is testament to a determination to persevere and rise above all odds, in spite of obstacles. Youth’s honest naïveté, innocence, and beauty shine through this thoughtfully written, informative, and valuable work.

In A Little Souvenir in Poetry, Sislyn Peters selects classic and contemporary favorites from her compilation of poems. This is an intelligently written work, which exposes Peters as a visionary who brings issues to the fore, such as in “The Stoning,” “When You Ain’t Got Time,” and “To A Mother.” She makes full use of figures of speech; the reader is not at a loss for sharp imagery. It is obvious that Peters is a literary artist. Her poems have a musical beat, and are sculpted. They are also engrossing, and cause the reader to become engrossed, pause, soul-search, and smile.

In Undocumented Citizen, nineteen-year-old Naomi Abram is lost at sea with her heart-throb, a Bible, and a notebook, and crash-lands on a beach, in the dark, in Puerto Rico. She boards the wrong plane for home, and unwittingly enters the U.S.A. where she lives an undocumented, stagnant lifestyle. Naomi is forced to lie about where she’s from, in order to maintain employment; but her conscience keeps her moral values tame. She experiences horror, when her landlady dies; grief and guilt, when her brother dies; fright and fear, when confronted by law enforcement; and joy, when she sneaks out of the Country and visits her family. While in Antigua, she learns that a new culture, Rastafarianism, is sweeping the island. After waiting and hoping for more than a decade, Naomi’s presence in the U.S.A. is finally documented.

A Souvenir of Antigua in Poetry reflects the author’s fond memories of life on the island. On its own, the book persuades the reader to pause, with profound questions to self, and encourages empathy, as the reader experiences a deliciously emotional journey. For those who long to engage in literary works, with substance, A Souvenir of Antigua in Poetry is filled with sparkling gems. They range from poems with musical cadence, as in “Potpourri Music;” or innocent childhood imaginings, as in “The Clouds;” to serious musings, as in “Time and Place Intersection;” or humour, as in “Ode to a Pervert.”

About the Author:

Sislyn Peters was born in St. John’s, Antigua, then British West Indies, and attended the Ebenezer Methodist Church, and Sunday school. She is a graduate of Princess Margaret High School. As a child, she wrote verses, and short stories. As a teenager, she sang with local bands, including Pat Edwards’ Playboys, and Vere Anthony’s Teen Stars, and is also a playwright. One of her plays, Trust, was adapted by the City College of New York’s English Department, Division of Humanities & Arts, and performed at the Aaron Davis Hall, in 2001. Sislyn Peters has been referred to as gifted, and a deep thinker. Her public literary voice lay dormant for all these years, waiting to burst forth. It finally has.

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Name: Rowan Ricardo Philips

Books:

Heaven: Poems. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. USA. 2015.

Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth – as translator (book written by Salvador Espriu). Dalkey Archive Press. USA. 2012

The Ground: Poems. Farrar Straus & Giroux. USA. 2012.

When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. Dalkey Archive Press. 2010.

About the Books:

Heaven is one of The Washington Post’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Flavorwire’s Best Poetry Books of 2015; and has been long-listed for the National Book Award in poetry and the 2016 PEN Open Book Award. Swerving elegantly from humor to heartbreak, from Colorado to Florida, from Dante’s Paradise to Homer’s Iliad, from knowledge to ignorance to awe, Phillips turns his gaze upward and outward, probing and upending notions of the beyond. Meditating on feverish boyhood, on two paintings by Chuck Close, on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, on a dead rooster by the side of the road in Ohio, on an elk grazing outside his window, his language remains eternally intoxicating, full of play, pathos, and surprise.

The Ground: Poems is a poignant and terse vision of New York City. The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed through contemplation of the post-9/11 landscape. These are poems of fiery intelligence, inescapable music, and metaphysical splendor that concern themselves with lived life and the life of the imagination––both equally vivid and true––as they lay the framework for Phillips’s meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.

In When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Rowan Ricardo Phillips pushes African American poetry to its limits by unraveling “our desire to think of African American poetry as African American poetry.” Phillips reads African American poetry as inherently allegorical and thus “a successful shorthand for the survival of a poetry but unsuccessful shorthand for the sustenance of its poems.” Arguing in favor of the “counterintuitive imagination,” Phillips demonstrates how these poems tend to refuse their logical insertion into a larger vision and instead dwell indefinitely at the crux between poetry and race, “where, when blackness rhymes with blackness, it is left for us to determine whether this juxtaposition contains a vital difference or is just mere repetition.”

About the Author:

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is regarded as one of America’s smartest young poet-critics. He was born in NYC (to Antiguan and Barbudan parents) and has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Rowan Ricardo Philip is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for this collection The Ground as well as the 2013 Whiting Writers Award.

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Name: John Prince

Books:

Stifled Youth and Dig the Hole in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Pruckup’s Freedom, Bass Press, London, UK, 2011.

Reflections, Baas Press, London, UK, 2010.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

John Prince was born during a hurricane in Nevis to his mother, an Antiguan, and his father, a Dominican policeman stationed in St. Kitts and Nevis. Shortly after his birth, his father was transferred back to Antigua. John graduated from the Government Teachers’ College in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and taught in Antigua before immigrating to the UK, where he worked as a teacher in north and east London. He later became the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) Head Teacher for Homerton House Boys Comprehensive School, Hackney, East London. John also received a Masters of Art (Econ. of Ed.) from the London University. John is an executive member of the London Compact –a Committee established by Prince Charles to improve the employment opportunities for Black and other socially disadvantaged young people. In March 2007, on the occasion of the Bicentenary Celebrations of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Hackney Museum, London, acquired two of his poems for their archives.

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Name: Ralph Prince

Books:

Deep in Paradise in  So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Ralph Prince is an Antiguan writer who lived for many years in the UK, where he worked as a journalist for the BBC. In Guyana, the birthplace of his wife, he worked as editor of the Demba Digest. He eventually returned to Antigua where he published his short story collection Jewels of the Sun in 1979. A literary journal, the Prince Literary Magazine was created in his honour after his death. He is the brother of artist Arnold Prince, musician Roland Prince, and writers Althea and John Prince.

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Name: Carolyn Providence

CD: The Spiritual Evolution of Black Beauty. Ecnedivorp. USA. 2005, 2007.

About the CD: The Spiritual Evolution of Black Beauty, which was nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album at the National Underground Spoken Word and Poetry Awards, blends spoken words with jazz, hip-hop, blues, rock and soul, and utilizes the sounds of nature, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Track listing – The Spiritual Evolution, Black Beauty (with 13 of Nazareth), For Too Long,  War of the Mind, Snakes, In the Midst of Chaos (with Samirah Providence), It’s Bananas (with Althea Baptiste and Weedamiah), Lyrical Corruption, Vibin’, Colours, I am Woman (with Althea Baptiste), Reflection, Mr. Feel Good, I saw you in My Dreams, Emotional High, Exhale, This Black Thing, and Poetic Diva.

About the Author: Carolyn Providence was born and grew up in Antigua, and now resides in the US. Poetry became her calling at age five, and poetry gave her the name “Black Beauty”. Providence became a professional poet in the year 2000. She lives on stage and comes alive with her inspirational and motivational poems. She is not a novice to the art of creativity and to the stage, having performed throughout the United States and the Caribbean. She was a regular poet on the Washington, DC poetry scene and now she is a poet of the world. Black Beauty writes and performs all of her original work.

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Name: Mary Geo Quinn

Photo by Laura Hall (@ 2006 Wad Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)

Selected Works:

Hol de Line and Other Stories. Caribbean Education Publishers. Trinidad and Tobago. 2015/2016 (?)

Reflections. Macmillan Caribbean, 2003.

Sugar Mill Gems: A Book of Verse for Children. 1993.

Lest We Forget – Patriotic Poems. 1993.

Heart to Heart

A Stormy Tale

Winthorpean Echoes: A Collection of Poems

All of the Women of the Bible. 1976.

About the Books:

Hol de Line and Other Stories details the non-fictitious accounts of events from as far back as the 1940s.

About the Author:

Mary Quinn was born in New Winthorpes on December 5, 1931 and at the age of 15 she was selected out of her class to be a teacher. Her first story ‘By Hook or By Crook’ won a 1961 competition organized by the Venezuelan Embassy in Barbados. She was recognized by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Assocation in 2002 for her short story ‘Joe’. The retired head teacher (with a background in literature, geography, and ancient history), is the author of seven+ books and has had several of her poems set to music by American artists.

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Name: James H. Richmond

Books:

Reflections of Today. 1993

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Name: Althea Romeo-Mark

Selected Works:

Lost Love in Women in War: Saying NO to Gender Violence. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. USA. 2015.

If Only the Dust would Settle. 2009. AuthorHouse.

Beyond Dream: The Ritual Dancer. Sabanoh Press, Liberia, 1989.

Two Faces; Two Phases. Speed-O-Graphics, Liberia. 1984.

Palaver: West Indian Poems. Downtown Poets Co-op, USA, 1978.

Shu-Shu Moko Jumbi: The Silent Dancing Spirit. Kent State University, USA, 1974.

About the Books:

Women in War is a book written to join the campaign against women exploitation and oppression.

About the Author:

Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She considers herself a citizen of the world having lived and taught in Liberia, West Africa (1976 -1990), England (1990 -1991) and in Switzerland since 1991. She writes poems and short stories which attempt to capture the atmosphere and depict the ordinary people in countries she has lived. She wields two idioms – standard English to confront the modern world and dialect to explore the folkloric elements in her West Indian heritage.  She has been published in numerous international journals and has received awards from the Caribbean Writer, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers Conference; has represented Antigua and Barbuda at the International Poetry Festival of Medelin in Colombia, among many other activities in a rich literary career.

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Name: Taija Ryan

Books:

Choices and Third Time.  So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Taija’s maternal grandmother is from Antigua. This is her first published work.

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Names: Simmons, Mikhail; Lake, Gloreen; James, Olsfred
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Book:
Ashes: A Broken Inception. 2015.

About the Book:
(Full product description)
Time and time again, we hear stories, tales, words of Wisdom about the love of woman leading to the death of man, the pathway to a life of doom and the absolute perish of our way of life should we choose to pursue, woman.
Since the beginning of time, these stories have circulated and evidently fallen on deaf ears. This however, is not that story.
This is the unedited tale, the pure and uninfected truth, the deniable and unwanted facts of love.
This, is both sides of the coin… It is the journey and pain both man and woman battle for each other and the omnipotent obstacles that brew in the midst of it all.
This is…The Ashes of it all.
Binded within each shred of oak, soaked deep in its roots, is an unorthodox complement to each tale. A depiction of the short story, reflected by poems of essence bringing forth the aroma, the emotion, the deep and confidential thoughts of two men and a woman in Ashes.
May your heart burn and endure, reach and bloom, rise to inner understanding, as each unnamed yet characterful persona take you, through their roots.

About the authors:
The authors have entered and been inspired to write by Wadadli Pen over the years and one of them, James, was a Best of Books pick (a finalist) in the 2015 Wadadli Pen flash fiction Challenge.

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Name: Denise Smith-Lewis

Book: Emancipation Come. Worthy Productions. Antigua. 2014.

About the Book: This book is a compilation of the original works of the author Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis containing poems touching all aspects of liberation. It shares perspectives of the Caribbean family life: male/female relationships, social responsibility and the like.

About the Author: Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis is a repeat winner of the former Antigua and Barbudan Independence Literary Awards. This is her first poetry collection.

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Name: Glen Toussaint

Books:

Ode to Love (inspired by Dancing Nude in the Moonlight) in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (by Joanne C. Hillhouse).Insomniac. Canada. 2014.

C’est L’avi Mwen and Sky in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (by Joanne C. Hillhouse) was originally published as a novella and re-issued with fan fiction by Toussaint and others in addition to other extras.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince) is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Born in Dominica, Glen lives in Antigua and works at the Best of Books where he runs projects like the Wadadli Pen Open Mic and weekly story time activities with the children.

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Name: Michelle Toussaint

Book: Now taking a Lover. CreateSpace. 2015.

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About the Book:

Now Taking A Lover chronicles a woman’s journey from spurned lover to finding love. Who would think that the path to Her intended, would be through an erotic encounter with a lover or two?

About the Author:

“I am your typical Island Girl. An Antiguan woman who loves the word in all it’s incarnations. Mother, Teacher, Friend, Lover,Wife, Opinionated, Strong Willed, Beautiful, Powerful, Determined. These are my adjectives. What are yours?” – Michelle Toussaint

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Name: Mansa Trotman

Books:

Raw Writing in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Listen, Marrow, Sundays in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

The Space that Connects us. TSAR Publications. Canada. 2012.

About the Books:

In The Space that Connects Us, Mansa Trotman treats her readers to an exquisite slice of heart renderings carefully crafted to create immediate empathy and spark a glow of feelings. The emotions run deep, the humour surfaces loud and clear, and soon one is over the hump of the rough road on which she drags your senses. At first, it may only be one hand clapping, but eventually, the joy at the capacity to speak life in the raw is contagious.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Mansa Trotman is a poet whose mother is from Antigua. Her first poems were published when she was  teenager in high school.

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Name: Sharlene Warner Samuel

Books: Let me be what I am. 2015.

About the books: Let me be what I am is a compilation original poetry that delves into local folklore. It contains some of her most requested poems and is, the author said, ideal for children and adults.

About the author: Sharlene Warner Samuel is a teacher, preacher, politician, and writer. For many years, she has travelled around the country entertaining people with her hilarious, thought-provoking poems and skits. She has also appeared on stage (The Vagina Monologues) and on screen (La Diablesse).

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Name: Beverly Watkins

Books:

Inna Me Twang. 1998.

 In our Path. 1997.

About the Book:

Inna Me Twang brings back old time days and old time sayings in a collection that invites you to read, laugh, and reflect. Nebba nebba foogat de Anteegans dat tark dialek. Dat a arwe culture, arwe heritage an arwe tarking. So na luk dong pan arwe becarse arwe tark bad.

About the Author:

The late Beverly Watkins, a graduate of Princess Margaret Secondary School, was a mother of six and a dress designer specializing in bridal wear, a preacher, and manager and producer of El Shaddai Promotions.

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Name: LCH Wescott

Selected Works:

The Garden of Life. 1999.

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Name: Amber Williams-King

Books:

Hennessy and Can we meet in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

In 2010, Amber Williams-King participated in the AMY (or Artists Mentoring Youth) project, helping to create  ‘Step Right Up’ which received 3/4 starts from Toronto’s NOW magazine. In 2011, she wrote a play: Love and its Dialects which ran in the Paprika Festival at Tarragon Theatre in Canada where she resides. In 2010, she received first-honourable mention in the Scarborough Arts Council’s inaugural Writer’s Month literary competition. Her poetry has been published in the anthology Holla! A Collection of Womenz Wordz.

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