Caribbean Books You Should Know

Caribbean Books You Should Know

Joanne C. HillhouseBy Joanne C. Hillhouse

“I come from Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. I write stories of and from the Caribbean. My first book was The Boy from Willow Bend and Oh Gad! is my most recent. You can check out my personal blog to see what else I’ve done in between and since. One of the things I do is run a writing programme in Antigua and Barbuda; there is a blog attached to that programme where, among other things, I blog on books. Surprise, right, a writer who loves to read.

With end of year upon us, I thought I might share some favourite Caribbean reads. I’m limiting my list to adult fiction that I’ve read in the last couple of years, but keep in mind that just because it’s newish to me doesn’t mean it’s new-new. And just because it’s not listed doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, but really the list has to end somewhere. So, it goes without saying that this list is both severely limited and highly subjective.

All disclaimers covered? Okay, here goes.”

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Island Review

The Island Review welcomes unsolicited submissions, but before contacting us please take the time to browse our current content and read the following information.

What do we want?

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and visual art from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness.

We’re looking for work that stands out from the crowd: work that is original, daring, witty, wise, radical, intelligent, illuminating or just plain excellent. If you think you fit into any (or all) of those categories, we want to hear from you.

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Sandra Sealy – Pen Pal

Sandra Sealy aka “Seawoman” is the Creator of Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps.

Click HERE to watch her recent interview on Youtube.  

**Compliments Russell Watson of R-Studio  and Ayesha Gibson-Gill, Literary Arts Cultural Officer of the National Cultural Foundation

Sandra Sealy – Profile

Click HERE to read about her upcoming VLOG “Writing In Sand”. 

Fondly referred to in his “Bird Rising” (Words Need Love Too-House of Nehesi Publishers) by Kamau Brathwaite as “Princess of Chichén Itzá”, Sandra Sealy is aperformance poet, business communications consultant, blogger and multi-award-winning writer of poetry, short stories, children’s stories, plays. She possesses a wealth of experience in cultural administration and freelance writing/editing. She describes herself as “a Canadian-Barbadian raised writer clutching an English birth certificate”.

Her background in public relations and marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more.Sandra’s work has been widely anthologised internationally. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Journal of Caribbean Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.comCaribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados).

“Aunty Sandra’s” work with children lead to her being the first Poetry Editor (Adults and Kids) with the online Caribbean children’s literature magazine Anansesemcreated by Summer Edward.

Among her publishing credits are the travel writing/exclusive coverage of the concert of Grammy-winning soul artist Lauren Hill in Trinidad for the Nation Newspaper; exclusive coverage (and public relations co-ordination) of theglamorous society wedding of Barbados business magnate Ralph “Bizzy” Williams and his bride Shelly.

Her dèbut spoken-word CD single “Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single” (Butterfly Creative Productions/ Kolaiah Studios 2003) which was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com, became an award-winning music video directed by Dr. Gladstone Yearwood.

NEW: You can listen to Sandra’s 2-track music set produced by Kolaiah Studios byCLICKING HERE! The  second track “See Jazz” (click the link to LISTEN!), will be also on her upcoming album.

She actively maintains Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps (award-winning website dedicated to assisting international writers); Seawoman’s Caribbean Blogspot (writing blog); and the popular Facebook group Caribbean Writers.

Read her candid interview with Caribbean Literary Salon.

Please feel free to contact Sandra or see her Writing Credits here or at Contently.com for more details. Follow her on Linked In.

Memberships

**Caribbean Writers on Facebook (Creator)

**VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective (Member/2nd Co-ordinator)

**Good READS (Member) goodreads.com/seawomanBDS

**The International Travel Writers Alliance (Member)

**Barbados Copyright Agency (B-COPY) – (former Director/Board Secretary) – bcopy246[at]gmail.com

**Freelance Writing Organization International

**E-Drum

**SheWrites Member

**Timbooktu.com

**Visit Caribbean Literary Salon

Peepal Tree Press Anthology – Deadline July 31st 2013

Peepal Tree Press, one of the most celebrated Caribbean publishers based in the UK is seeking submissions for ‘CLOSURE’ a new anthology of contemporary Black British fiction.  It will be edited by internationally renowned and award winning novelist and short story writer, Jacob Ross.

They are looking for “the unexpected, the playful, the experimental — even the traditional” with “fascinating ideas expressed as good fiction.”

DEADLINE: by 31 July 2013.

Only 30 stories will be included and there won’t be any extensions on the deadline.

When you think of CLOSURE consider:

• approaching a particular destination
• a coming closer
• a narrowing of a gap
• approaching — the act of drawing spatially closer to something
• closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
• deciding, decision making
• to clear a blockage or obstruction
• a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
• obstruction, obstructor, impediment — any thing that makes progress difficult
• the act of blocking
• termination of operations, closedown, shutdown
• the act of ending something
• Enclosure
• Disclosure
• Opening
• End of business
• Point of rest
• Finality
• Vertical distance of rock formation
• Being close set in mathematics
• Contact between vocal organs producing sound

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Nailah Imoja – Pen Pal

Nailah Folami Imoja is a Barbadian/British writer. A teacher by day, she has been published in numerous anthologies and is the author of 13 novellas. These include titles from her Romance Series — Caribbean Passion. One of these short novels, Pick of the Crop, was published by Heinemann Publishing (Oxford) in 2004.

Her greatest opus thus far is her daughter, Adanna.

Check out her profile and books at here.