It’s been a while since I’ve done a Spotlight. They’re fairly random and I’m usually inspired to do one if I pull a picture of said author and have the time. Well, I have the time today.
This is Wendy Brathwaite a.k.a. Motion in Poetry a.k.a. Motion. This looks like one of the pictures from the 2014 launch of So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End, an anthology of new writing by Antiguans and Barbudans, in Canada.
A Canadian with Antiguan and Barbudan roots, Motion has quite the impressive resume as a playwright, poet, screenwriter, and emcee. You can find her listed on this site on the local theatre page, the local poets page, and the local fiction page. Motion is as much as spoken word artist as a writer, and it was through her spoken word first hearing her live in 2003 at the Caribbean Canadian literary festival in Toronto and her CD Motion in Poetry that I was introduced to her poetic voice and lyrical skills. This was my first international festival and she was one of the spotlighted artists, celebrated for having won the CBC Poetry Face-off with ‘connect the t.dots’ which can be found in her first book Motion in Poetry (2002). Her second collection is 40 Dayz (2008). There has been several anthologized pieces before and since in addition to her stage productions and performances. I believe she’s also teaching in addition to being a radio personality. A full plate for one of Antigua and Barbuda’s own, currently in the Wadadli Pen spotlight – which is fitting as she is also one of our past donors.
Here’s a vid I found:
And one final one:
I remember Motion wanted to bring one of her plays to Antigua some years ago. I think this would be dope. Hopefully the powers that be and the stars can align to make that happen.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested, past spotlights here on Wadadli Pen are National Youth Theatre, Jamaica Kincaid, Floree Williams, Tim Hector, the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival, Dorbrene O’Marde, Sylvanus Barnes, Shakeema Edwards,
Angelica O’Donoghue, Tina Chang, Gayle Gonsalves, Marie Elena John, Veronica Evanson Bernard, Kush David, Swallow, and Vivian Michael.
As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.