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 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
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
BROWNE, BRENDA LEE – Betty Sope – Womanspeak: A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013
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
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: “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
EVANSON, TANYA – Apocalypsiata – Womanspeak: A Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013
EVANSON, TANYA – reading/performing at Calgary Spoken Word Festival – 2013.
EVANSON, TANYA – Dervish Weaponry from the CD Memorists on Badilisha Poetry.
EVANSON BERNARD, VERONICA – Women of Antigua from her book Pineapple Rhymes – Blackwood Press, USA – 1989.
LINISA, GEORGE – 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
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
HILLHOUSE, JOANNE C. – To Market, Snapshot in Susumba’s Book Bag
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.
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.
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.
“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.
LAKE, EDGAR O. – Walcott Reads to Brodsky’s Godmother in Calabash – 2007.
LANGLEY, CHARLES – Black Woman Cry – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
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.
“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
RICHARDS, ROSALIE – Smitten – Tongues of the Ocean – 2014
ROMEO-MARK, ALTHEA – Camp – Moko: Caribbean Arts & Letters – 2016
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).
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.
“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.
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
“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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