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The Sonnet Explained

Hey guys, how have you been? I’m taking a poetry class this semester and it’s so much fun. I’m learning a lot about the history of various forms, reading so many great pieces I never would have found myself as well as experimenting with these new mediums. I thought I’d ‘briefly’ share what I’m learning […]

via Briefly: Sonnets — maggy liu


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From the Mailbox – New VI Collection


The anthology comprises poetry from 26 poets, including Eileene L. Parsons, Patricia Turnbull, Verna Penn Moll, Natalio Wheatley (Sowande Uhuru), Richard Georges, Quincy Lettsome, Traci O’Dea, Joe O’Neill, Adell Semper, Giovanni Herbert, Kamaal Lettsome, Jennie Wheatley, Beverly Donovan, Nia Douglas, Leslie Cramer, Bobbi Fawcett, Tracy A. Christopher,  Daiikiru Maximillion (Errol Percival), Lavanta ‘Artful’ Thompson, Brandon Tang, Diana Stewart- Walker, Juana France, Jaedia Smith, Kimberly M. Cordes, April Glasgow and Osario Norman.

Launched in November 2016, it is a product of House of Nehesi Publishers based in St. Martin/St. Maarten. The Where I See the Sun series also includes Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin, published in 2013 and Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla, published in 2015.


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Show Me by November Child

I need you to show me, show me the little boy trapped inside the man. Show me the spring he got his first dog, the wildness when they played. Show me the summer he learned to swim, the sting of chlorine in his eyes. Show me the autumn he first rode his bike, the wind […]

via Show Me — november child

And here’s my prose fiction response to the same prompt, Empath.

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“Every October the frights, terror and fear come to mind, lets not talk about that…directly. This month we’ll be sharing secrets, don’t be shy now, we promise it will be fun! Secret fear? Secret Joy? Secret Love? Whats your little secret? Hmmm?”

This is the teaser for the next Wadadli Pen Open Mic. Are you there?

Place: The Best of Books, St. Mary’s Street, St. John’s, Antigua.
Date: October 10th 2015.
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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She Wanted a Love Poem

she wanted a love poem

“It’s on, my first book launch where I will be signing the print edition of She Wanted A Love Poem and introducing Saving Babylon. It will be at The Best of Books on Saturday 13th, at 7pm”

– Kimolisa Mings

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You don’t want to miss this!

Okay, yes, that headline was shameless bait. It’s true though. If you have subscribed to or visit this site regularly, I have to assume you have some interest in Antiguan and Barbudan literature. Well, nearly a year ago I was asked to edit an Antigua and Barbuda issue of the online Caribbean platform Tongues of the Ocean. And here it is finally.

Cover image Summer One by Glenroy Aaron inspired by Summer 1, a poem by Joanne C Hillhouse.

Cover image Summer One by Glenroy Aaron inspired by Summer 1, a poem by Joanne C Hillhouse.

Actually, at this point, you’ll find the art roundtable, Dr. Hazra Medica’s discourse on Antiguan and Barbudan literature, my introduction to the issue, and the cover art above. But content will be added every week until the entire issue is online so keep checking back, and please share.

While I’m bending your ear, I’ll share a couple of new developments…

I’ve been named to the selection panel for the 2015 Burt Award for which I was a 2014 finalist. Be sure to get your entries in by October 24th 2014.

My first ever fairytale With Grace was one of two honorable mentions in the Desi Writers Lounge short story contest and may be published.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight,  Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.



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Spotlight: Tina Chang

Courtesy the US Embassy Bridgetown, concerning the presentation this Thursday 25th September, 6 p.m. by Brooklyn Poet Laureate, Tina Chang, at the Antigua State College. This is a bit more about the poet, plus interesting insight re the role of the poet laureate, and your late day reminder about the event.


The San Francisco Chronicle has described her poetry as “a vast, beautifully fashioned mosaic of indelible, variegated pieces.” Publishers Weekly has also described her poetry as “ambitious, yet accessible.”

For Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, poetry is not “lofty.” As a matter of fact, one of her chief goals is to “demystify the role of the poet.”

Of Chinese descent and raised in New York City, Ms. Chang is the first woman to be named the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. But what exactly is a Poet Laureate? A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government or conferring institution. Laureates receive a stipend and are given the responsibility of overseeing an ongoing series of poetry readings and lectures, as well as a charge to promote poetry. Ms. Chang said that as the Brooklyn Poet Laureate, she wants to create a website spotlighting other borough poets.

Her interest in poetry began from a very early age. Born in Oklahoma to Chinese immigrants, Ms. Chang moved to New York when she was a year old, so her father could be treated for liver cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “I started questioning even at a very young age, well, what is language?” she said. “What is the role of words?”

After pursuing a string of English-related jobs, Ms. Chang enrolled in a master of fine arts program in poetry at Columbia in 1995. Her first book “Half-Lit Houses,” a collection of poems tracing the life of a girl who loses her father back to Hunan, China in the 1930s and ’40s, was published in 2004. She is also the author of the poetry collection “Of Gods & Strangers.” Ms. Chang has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, and the Van Lier Foundation among others.

She currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is an international faculty member at the City University at Hong Kong.

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to host the Brooklyn, New York’s Poet Laureate Tina Chang from September 25- 27, 2014 on a three-island tour of Antigua, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Ms. Chang will showcase her poetry during evening public events, which will highlight the diversity and modernity of American literature, as well as allow her to share her opinions on poetry’s relevance and give insight on her creative process.

This series of public readings will also help the U.S. Embassy recruit candidates for the International Writers’ program (IWP), the Department of State’s premier exchange program for creative writers.

Tina-Chang Antigua

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