Okay, so, this is an experimental page. I’ll see how it goes. But given the self-imposed limitations placed on the lists of Antiguan and Barbudan writing (i.e. only listing published books, book length anthologies, and CDs), I thought here would be a good place to list creative pieces by Antiguans and Barbudans accepted to established literary journals, festivals (and other notable literary platforms), and contests (not pieces posted only to personal blogs) as I discover (and in some cases, re-discover) them. Initially, this will focus on pieces accessible online because those are easiest to find; but it will not be limited to these, in time. You can recommend (in fact, I welcome your recommendations), but, as with all areas of the site, additions/subtractions are at the discretion of the admin.
AIRALL, ZAHRA – The Looking Glass – in Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean – Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging – 2012
Excerpt: “They’d met at a conference in Mexico, she was from Dominica, and Laurie was instantly drawn to that thick French accent when Marie spoke.”
ARRINDELL, BARBARA – A LIFE, a spirit…a name – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
ARRINDELL, BARBARA – How Snake Stories became Anansi Stories – Womanspeak: A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013
ARMSTRONG, VEGA – Legend of the Sea Lords in Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
Excerpt: “Suddenly Freya dove under the water, the others quickly followed her. When they caught up with her they too saw the mysterious creature.”
BROWNE, BRENDA LEE – Granny Cecelia’s Travelling Handbag – Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women Volume 8 – 2016
BROWNE, BRENDA LEE – excerpt from London Rocks in Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters – 2015
Excerpt: “Dante’s mother asks if he is getting married as he smells as sweet as a bride and he had been getting ready since about 5pm – well since midday when he went to the barbers for a trim and a shape.”
BROWNE, BRENDA LEE – Betty Sope – Womanspeak: A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – Wee Willie Winkie – The Caribbean Writer Volume 29 – 2015
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – Stabs in the Dark – Akashic’s Mondays are Murder series – 2014
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – Strange Fruit – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – No Frills, No Lace in Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing – 2014
Excerpt: “The director’s walk was ceremonious not in haste, perhaps from years of practice. He carried one hand lying in the other at the back of his buttocks and he went along with his head bowed.”
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – Coo Yah – in Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters (online Virgin Islands journal)- 2014
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – Cocks, Hens, Dogs and Swine – in St. Somewhere (online literary journal) – 2013
BROWNE-BANNISTER, TAMMI – The Bird who saved his Food – in Anansesem (online Caribbean Children’s Literary Journal) – 2013
Excerpt: “Once upon a time an albatross got caught in a fisherman’s net that was spread out at sea.”
Excerpt: “He ate each and every kidney, tantalizing his classmates with every suck, pick, slurp and lick. Their mouths watered and their eyes followed the golden juices that gushed down his hands.”
BUTLER, LORINDA T. – Antigua Me Come From – in The Caribbean Writer, Volume 8 – 1994.
D’ORNELLAS, ANNALISA -Toes in the Sand – national contest selection (no word of announced publication) – 2009
Excerpt: “I was once a girl
that played on these shores.
I gathered the shells
in bundles and scores.
I wore them on my neck
and strung some as bangles
I noticed their twinkling
and delightful angles.”
EDWARDS, GEORGE W. (AS TOLD TO JOHN H. JOHNSON) – Folklore from Antigua, British West Indies – Journal of American Folklore Vol. 34 No. 131 pp. 40-88 – Jan – March, 1921
Excerpt (from Johnson’s introduction): “The stories, riddles, and proverbs given in this collection were recited by George W. Edwards, a native of Greenbay, Antigua, British West Indies…George Edwards is a man fifty years old. In giving the bulk of this material, he exhibited unusual memory-power. Aside from prompting, suggestions, and riddles Nos. 34, 39, 42, 45, and 47, he alone is responsible for the entire collection. He has lived in New York for the past ten years. His greatest aid in recalling the stories has been his wife, who is about thirty years of age and also a native of Greenbay, Antigua. She is the informant of the five riddles mentioned above.”
EDWARDS, GEORGE W. (AS TOLD TO JOHN H. JOHNSON) – The Chosen Suitor from Folklore from Antigua, British West Indies, Journal of American Folklore Vol. 34 No. 131 as reproduced in Bluebeard (ed. D. L. Ashliman) – 1999 -2014
Excerpt: “Dere’s a woman had one daughter an one son. Dis boy coco-bay, boy, an’ he was an’ ol’ witch too.”
EVANSON, TANYA – Apocalypsiata – Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013
Excerpt: “Soon there’ll be nothing left to burn/books, beds, bodies on the Barbie”
EVANSON, TANYA – reading/performing at Calgary Spoken Word Festival – 2013.
EVANSON, TANYA – Dervish Weaponry from the CD Memorists on Badilisha Poetry.
Excerpt: “Let me tell you bout that place/in Caribbean/clear blue water/sand sat between your toes/in hot sun/and the people/my people/and not my people/Antigua”
GEORGE, LINISA – In the Closet – BBC Poetry Postcards series – 2014.
GEORGE, LINISA – Brown Girl in the Ring – performed during the CARA Festival, Antigua, 2009. Later published in the World Record (a publication of global artistes invited to perform at the 2012 Poetry Parnassus staged to coincide with the 2012 Olympics). Published (2014) in Tongues of the Ocean. Also featured, the Charlotte Caribbean Festival, and, 2015, in the Shakespeare festival in the Bahamas.
GONSALVES, GAYLE – Miss Ellie – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
Excerpt: ‘Ellie points to England, a land that is far from the Caribbean Sea, and smiles at her daughter, “This is where it all started.”’
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C.* – Little Prissy Palmer – The Machinery – 2017
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – The Other Daughter – Adda – 2017
Excerpt: “The day we went uphill, my corn-rowed head level with Mom’s melon-sized chest, my inquiries about where we were going were met with silence and a determined tug on my arm as I dragged my feet.”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – The Bamboo Raft, Election Season, and Zombie Island – Interviewing the Caribbean – 2017
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Game Changer – Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters, Vol. 9 – 2016
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Children Melee in Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters – 2014
Excerpt: “Peanuts roasting
Obsti prancing about in pigtails”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – To Market, Snapshot in Susumba’s Book Bag
Excerpt: “Essie is flamboyant as ever; her full and curvy frame hugged up by a red bustier straight out of a burlesque show, black leather pants, and dangerously (sexy, she would say) red heels that still only bring her up to Claudette’s chin. Claudette is also in black, tall and svelte in a black strappy ankle-length maxi dress, black combat boots and a black beaded cloche hat someone like Louise Brooks might have worn during the jazz era; her red-red lip stick and the red beading in the fitted cap, the only pop of colour. Essie had given the whole get-up an eye roll when she’d picked her up. Claudette had done her own mental eye roll at the way her friend, enviably comfortable in her own skin, still doesn’t get the concept of size-appropriate clothing.”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – The Cat has Claws in Akashic’s Monday’s are Murder online noir series – 2013.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Differences – published in Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean – Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging – 2012
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Teacher May – published in Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing – 2011
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Ghosts Lament – published at the SX Literary Salon – 2011.
Excerpt: “…as someone beats a pan; a skanking Marley jam…”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – At Sea – published in Munyori – 2011.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – She Works – – national contest selection 2009 (published 2012 in Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Literature by Caribbean Women Volume 6)
Excerpt:”The dog growls
The fowl scratches at the ground”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Friday Night Fish Fry – published in Sea Breeze – 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – The Arrival – published in Calabash – 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Da’s Calypso – published in Calabash – 2008.
Excerpt: “He na min school pon
but he understan’ well
de ingenuity o’
weave imagery o’
inna song –”
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – Cold Paradise – published in Women Writers’ special voodoo issue – 2008.
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – reading excerpts from unpublished manuscript Closed for Repairs and poems Second Middle Passage and Apocalyptic Dance while a participant in the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute at the University of Miami – 1995.
Excerpt: “A sister pimping her soul
A baby with a gun in his hand
Love gone cold”
*Clearly, I’ll know all of my credits but I don’t want this page to be the Joanne show, so this is just a sample. Follow the links to read other published fiction and poetry by me. Some of it is also available in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings.
ISAAC-GELLIZEAU, DOTSIE – Home – national contest selection (no word of announced publication) – 2009.
Excerpt:”Her soul and heart rejoiced
Upright and locked position”
JARVIS-GEORGE, TAMEKA – Woman to Woman – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
JARVIS-GEORGE, TAMEKA – Poem Ugly featured in film of the same name.
JARVIS-GEORGE, TAMEKA – Poem Dinner featured in film of the same name.
JOSEPH, CLIFTON – That Night in Tunisia – performed in the documentary Dark Arts in the Plastic Hallway – 2009.
“It wasn’t all bright smiles, sea sand, sun and
Back home had its share of oppression in the sun
Back home had its share of dreams burnt in the
LAKE, EDGAR O. – Little Richard’s Second Coming in Calabash – 2007.
Excerpt: ‘But, the Faithful wait for the King of Pommade, Tuti
The Monarch of Mascara, pre-Pink Floyd, Tuti-Fruti
He’s turned his back on Hollywood – protesting!
He’s the King of Rock-and-Roll – will take it back –
“This Little Light of Mine – Say What?”
The tired Daughters of the Carolinas toss their curls
Little Richard’s seen the fork in the road – and took it
Praise his name!’
LAKE, EDGAR O. – Walcott Reads to Brodsky’s Godmother in Calabash – 2007.
LANGLEY, CHARLES – Black Woman Cry – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014.
MCDONALD, HILDA – Dawn and Evensong – KYK-OVER-AL No. 22: Anthology of West Indian Poetry, edited by A. J. Seymour (p. 47) – 1957.
MEDICA, HAZRA – The Greeting in Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing – 2012.
MEDICA, HAZRA – Ode to a Night in Ale – finalist in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest – 2010.
MEDICA, HAZRA – The Banana Stains – Highly Recommended in the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Contest – 2008/9.
Excerpt: “I see my father motioning for me to come to him. His face is grim- the inspector had not been kind to him. On the drive home I think of Mr. Massiah and his stained clothing. Mr. Massiah has calloused hands. His hands make me think of the banana trunk in my dream.”
MINGS, KIMOLISA – Little Red Hoodie – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014.
PHILLIPS, ROWAN RICARDO – reading at Poets Out Loud – 2011
PHILLIPS, ROWAN RICARDO – Two Poems – Granta – 2010.
RICHARDS, ROSALIE – Smitten – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Runners in the Marathon of Time – Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women Volume 8 – 2016
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Camp – Moko: Caribbean Arts & Letters – 2016
Excerpt: “We read menacing messages in the scowls
of passers-by. Some circle around,
mark the territory with treads of footprints,
count down days to our departure.”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Neighbour’s in the Wood Shack, Desiree’s Revenge, Flawless, Play-Mamas, and A Kind of Refuge/Living in Limbo – Womanspeak: A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – The Haunt of Alma Negron in St. Somewhere – 2013
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Burdened (which is quoted below along with six others) – Published in KRITYA Poetry Journal, Fall 2012 (www.kritya.in).
Excerpt: “Everything is on her head.
She trudges forward.
A straw mat tops the aluminum basin
filled with rescued essentials.
Her face, veiled in dust,
masks the fear beating her breast.
Her feet, swollen from endless trooping,
take her where others go.
Carrying memories of death,
she follows a long trek to nowhere,
and pauses only to suckle the child
strapped to her back.”
Excerpt: “She loved the rhythm
of their singing
and the music of letters
spun off tongues,
that whirled in her ears.”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Liberian Curfew at Tongues of the Ocean – 2010.
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – The Nation Builders – at Medellin Poetry Festival – 2010.
“…condemned as job snatchers
Pounced on by immigration
They are herded into vans
Shackled like cattle…”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Waking the Obeah Within Us a series including the poems Jumbi Eyes, Clippings, Turn the Broomstick Up, FRAID, Web Weaving at Women Writers- 2008
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Revolution and Reggae published in Calabash – 2007.
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA –Easter Sunday – published in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 10 1996
Excerpt: “They say if you come back they goin’ block the entrance to the church.”
“For what? What I do to them?”
“They say you make the man leave his wife of twenty years to marry you.”
“But, that’s their business?”
“They don’t see how Joseph could leave his wife to marry you. You know what they call you?”
“Black, ugly, long mouth. . .”
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Nager Man, Poverty, No Teeth Nana, Cha-Cha Town’s Blackbird – published in Palaver – Downtown Poet’s Co-op, New York, 1978.
done gone long time.”
SIMON, MONIQUE S. – Color of Love – published in Calabash Volume 3 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005
SIMON, MONIQUE S. – NIGHT LIGHT (Ode to Bolans Village, Antigua –‘Home’) – published in Calabash Volume 3 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005
Excerpt: “It was night, so it was light
Home for the night light
Man whispering to woman light
Child teasing child ‘bout daytime, schoolyard game light
Extension chord attached to hanging bulb over old wood tables with dominoes, cards,
and checkerboards light
Bob Marley, Short Shirt, King Obstinate, Charlie Pride, old-time calypso light
Home from ‘de week doing live-in maid job light
It was night, so it was light carried like electric current throughout the night in the small
Tonight, Saturday night
Bolans was dark but it was light, real light”
SIMON, MONIQUE S. – Raven in my Arms – published in Calabash Volume 3 Number 2 Fall/Winter 2005
SPENCER, CHARLENE – Stranger – published (p. 31) in The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 – 2014
THOMAS, DEVRA – Her Missing Fingers – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
WILLIAMS (NOW WHYTE), FLOREE – Yohan! – published in Anansesem
WILLIAMS, ZION EBONY – The Night I went to Cricket – in Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
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