TCW: It took a hit, but it’s not out

The Caribbean Writer, the annual peer-reviewed literary journal which has brought the best of the best of new Caribbean literature to the fore more than 30 years, is produced out of the University of the Virgin Islands. Given that the VI is one of many hard-hit Caribbean communities still trying to pick itself up after the most traumatic hurricane season in my memory, just for the sheer relentlessness and size of the storms (each one historic, each one coming one after the other after the other) and the span of its impact (easier to count those who were unaffected than the masses who were), it was good to receive news that the publication is undeterred. So, two bits of news.

1, the new issue is dropping soon. Here’s a preview:


The issue is dedicated to the late Caribbean-born Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.

2, TCW is also now accepting submissions for Volume 32, between now and December 31st 2017. The theme is Rough Tides, Tough Times: Reflections and Transitions. Submit to

I have a feeling creatives in the region will find tackling these topics quite cathartic.

So, write.

Oh and those who can, especially you folks outside the Caribbean, support relief efforts how you can.

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, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved.

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