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Carib Plus Lit News (Late September 2019)

The Caribbean Writer has announced its Volume 32 prize winnersTCW-Cover-VOL-32-2

Prizes include The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize of $400 for best short fiction; The Daily News Prize of $500 to a resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands; The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize of $500 to a new or emerging writer; The Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize of $500 to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean; The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize of $300 to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language; and The Boyce Literary Prize of $500 to a Caribbean author for a work that best expresses the changing social dynamics of regional life. Not listed is the David Hough Literary Prize which is awarded this year for the final time. See who won. Congrats to the various winners.

Bahamas Post-Dorian; Let’s Talk Climate Change

The Bahamas still needs our help. As we know, it took a pounding from hurricane Dorian

The concern for us in the Caribbean is more than the immediate storms and the aftermath – devastating as that all is – but the ever-rising climate change impacts. Climate change is real – we who feel it know it – and the time for denial is over. Hurricanes have always been with us so believe us when we say (from 2017 on when Irma and Maria laid waste to the region including our own Barbuda) this is different – the frequency, the ferocity, the relentlessness, the heat, the storms, this isn’t normal – or if we don’t act, this will be our new normal and we won’t all survive it.

“We Bahamians listen to climate deniers in rich countries who are oblivious or indifferent to those who bear the weight for their wonderful lives. Meanwhile, the water rises from the ground in our yards because the water table is so high during high tide, and plants we once depended upon no longer grow. We experience too much rain or too little rain, and fresh water supplies are increasingly contaminated by rising sea levels.” Read more of  Hurricane Dorian Makes Bahamians the Latest Climate-Crisis Victims 

The article might make you cry as it gives you a visceral sense of the experience of those trapped on islands besieged by Dorian (another name retired from future Caribbean baby registries), but it also prescribes action and that’s what I wanted to share:

“So we mobilize. We call on the United States to pass the Green New Deal. We donate to groups like Head Knowles*. We consider how to gather volunteers and Bahamian mental health workers to deploy in the coming days. But we need everyone’s help and kindness. We need tarps, tents, sleeping bags, batteries, flashlights, heavy equipment, generators, chain saws, electrical workers and people capable of rebuilding communication towers and homes. We need nonperishable food, wipes, adult and children’s diapers, bug spray.

We need lots of things, but please — no tossed paper towels. This is not funny. Though gracious, Bahamians may toss them back to you.”

Through the Caribbean writers network, I have been informed that the Head Knowles Foundation is a women’s run community organization with hundreds on the ground and a track record – the message provided information on their South Florida drop-off point for those in the area:

Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport:
Headknowles Foundation c/o
Tropix Express
5610 NW 12th Avenue
Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
info@tropixshipping.com

The Foundation also has a Go Fund Me for money to assist with the relocation of people who have lost their homes, rescue planes, boats, and cars, and for teams who need to go back and forth from Abaco/Grand Bahama to Nassau to safety. The foundation can supply information about their 501c status etc. if you are a “big donor”.

Caribbean Books Online

Anansesem, the online Caribbean children’s lit magazine, has revamped its online bookstore. It is organized by country (here’s Antigua and Barbuda) Founder Summer Edward wrote on The Brown Bookshelf about the process.

“The most distinctive thing, however, about the new Anansesem Online Bookstore is that it carries only ‘own voices’ books. You may be unfamiliar with the term ‘own voices.’ Coined by Dutch YA author Corinne Duyvis in 2015, it’s a term that’s now widely used in the publishing world to refer to books for which the protagonist and the author share a historically marginalized racial or cultural identity. The need for the term ‘own voices’ as a distinguishing marker arose due to the long history, in traditional publishing, of majority-group authors being given free rein to write books depicting minority group characters, and the equally long history of minority-group writers not being given the same kind of access to tell their own stories…Indeed, there are drawbacks to searching/shopping for Caribbean children’s and YA books directly on websites like Amazon.com. Amazon.com doesn’t tell you which Caribbean CYA books displayed on its search results pages are own voices books. Also, Amazon’s search engine isn’t optimized for finding CYA books from specific Caribbean countries; for example, if you search for ‘Jamaican children’s books’ on Amazon.com, you’ll get a lot of irrelevant results including (for some reason) textbooks (lots of them) and cookbooks. Likewise, if you search for ‘Caribbean children’s books’ directly on Amazon’s website, their search results will show you a lot of CYA books from South and Central America, which while wonderful to know about, aren’t Caribbean books, and thus aren’t what you’re looking for.”

I’ve added the bookstore to the Caribbean Literary Resources page here on the blog. Thanks to Summer for this Wadadli Pen shout out in her article: “Anansesem contributor Joanne C. Hillhouse’s comprehensive blog, Wadadli Pen, was an extremely helpful resource for confirming the nationalities of authors of CYA books related to Antigua and Barbuda.”

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Caribbean Literary Resources

DISCLAIMER: By definition, you’ll be linking to third party sites from these Links-We-Love pages. Linked sites are not, however, 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. Some of these are cross-posted to the Opportunities page where you’ll find opportunities for writers in the Caribbean and beyond.

Now, in mostly alphabetical order…

ACalabash interviews with writers.

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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 in Antigua and Barbuda.

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 – Anansesem is an online magazine devoted to Caribbean children’s and young adult literature written by both new and established writers.

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The Anansesem Bookstore – featuring own voices books for children from, in, and of the Caribbean.

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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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Beyond Publishing Caribbean is an interesting space for anyone interested in art-comics-graphic novels etc.

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BIM: Arts for the 21st Century is one of the older if not the oldest surviving Caribbean literary journal. It is non-paying (to the best of my knowledge) but as the first pub of many a literary luminary is still a good credit to have.

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Calabash International Literary Festival – 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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Calabash is a Caribbean-focused international literary journal published out of NYU. It hasn’t been updated in some time but the content is archived, so you can still check it out. 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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Caribbean Adventure Series is  a series of historical-fantasy-adventure children’s books by Nevisian Carol Ottley-Mitchell. She landed here after becoming one of the first wider Caribbean authors to contribute to Wadadli Pen and other local projects like the Cushion Club and the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project. She has since become through her indie publishing company Caribbean Reads Publishing, the publisher of my teen/young adult novel, Burt Award finalist, Musical Youth.

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Caribbean Books is a promotional platform for Caribbean writers.

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Caribbean Book Blog 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 Children’s Fiction – 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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Caribbean Civilization Tumblr shares things cultural and artistic from around the Caribbean virtual space.

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Caribbean Intelligence shares news and analysis about the Caribbean. They were also running a writing contest at the time they 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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Caribbean Literary Heritage is a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust that promotes literary and archival preservation in the Caribbean and the diaspora, as well as bridging connections between the literary past and present with an interest in exploring the new challenges and possibilities of born digital initiatives.

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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 to this virtual space to workshop, network, and support and promote each other. With more institutional support it could have been really something (but, alas); it now seems to be dormant or dead.

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Caribbean Passion is, per the blog’s about page, “the Caribbean’s first line of Romance novellas.”

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Caribbean Press downloadable library

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The Caribbean Review of Books

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Caribbean Science Fiction – A site for readers looking for Caribbean Science Fiction, Caribbean Science Fiction writers looking for a community, and for researchers looking to link up with others writing about Caribbean Science Fiction.

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The Caribbean Writer, produced by the University of the Virgin Islands, is in the top tier of Caribbean literary journals. Order copies by emailing orders@thecaribbeanwriter.org

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Caribbean Studies Association self-describes as 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 defines itself as the first full-service film sales, and distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean with the aim of becoming the reference point for producers and buyers of Caribbean-filmed content.

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Caribbean Writers tumblr   celebrates Caribbean writers by sharing excerpts from their work.

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Danielle Boodoo Fortune‘s art can be found here.

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Diane Browne’s Blog focuses on Caribbean Children’s Literature.

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The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) provides  users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research  materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections, including but 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. Lots of good reading, scholarly and creative to be found in its pages.

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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, and interviews.

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

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Groundation Grenada is 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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Hands Across the Sea is a US charity that helps stock school libraries across the Caribbean.

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Helen Williams aka Billy Elm (Delroy in the Marog Kingdom) – Beyond the Marog Kingdom – writes about literacy issues and the literary arts.

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Interviewing the Caribbean (IC),  founded and edited by Opal Palmer Adisa, is an online/print journal that celebrates Caribbean artists everywhere. Each issue features works from Caribbean artists at home and in the Diaspora and, as the title implies, the mode is interview.

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

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Jamaica Writes – a  group of Jamaicans who write and take photos for the sheer joy of it.

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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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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 blog  and a blog to which she and Caribbean author Carol Mitchell are regular contributors, Novel Spaces. 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 were Geoffrey Philp, Stephen Narain, and Kelly Baker Josephs.

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Manahaim Notes is the blog maintained by St. Lucian writer John Robert Lee.

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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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Pen Tuh Paper – Caribbeanness deconstructed, identities explained.

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Poets of the Caribbean – 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.

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Repeating Islands – Here’s one I check from time to time for general info on the Caribbean arts scene.

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Rebel Women Lit – Rebel Women Lit started off as a book club, and is now a lit community with a Community Library, Bookstore, Book Subscription Service for Tea Lovers and Book Clubbers, Podcast and lots of Projects.

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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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Society of Caribbean Book Writers and Scholars – Caribbean South Chapter whose 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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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. 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). Sadly with the passing of Dr. Giselle Rampaul, it seems as if the site is no more (link inactive but I’ll keep this note here in recognition of the work she did); I hope all those valuable interviews haven’t been lost.

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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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Charmaine Valere, formerly Signifying Guyana, somewhat quiet of late, delivers interesting news, reviews, series, and perspectives related to Caribbean Literature.

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Vintage Caribbean – a blog about Caribbean history, music, culture, people, and more.

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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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West Indies Books – a short list with search feature of Caribbean (primarily Haitian) books.

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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 – Empowering student writers.

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

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, Fish Outta Water, and With Grace). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out http://jhohadli.wordpress.com Thanks.

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