february 2009 contributor notes

Lisa Allen-Agostini

Lisa Allen-Agostini is a Trinidadian writer and journalist. She is co-editor of Trinidad Noir (Akashic Books, 2008) and author of The Chalice Project (Macmillan Caribbean, 2008). A freelance journalist, she writes for the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, Caribbean Beat magazine, the Caribbean Review of Books and other publications.

Nigel Beale

Nigel Beale is a freelance writer/broadcaster based in Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in literary journalism. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Washington Post, The (Manchester) Guardian, and The Globe and Mail. He also writes fiction, with a novel (working title: A Mere Madness) currently in progress.

Marion Bethel

(featured writer)

Marion Bethel was born and lives in Nassau, The Bahamas.  She read law at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England and has worked as an attorney since 1986.

Her writing includes poetry, short stories and essays.  Her work has appeared in a number of publications in the region and beyond.  She has been a guest writer at several international literary events. She was awarded a James Michener Fellowship by the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute in the Department of English of the University of Miami, Florida in July 1991 and the Casa de las Americas Prize for a volume of poetry called Guanahani, My Love which was published in a bilingual edition (Spanish/English) in 1995.

Guanahani, My Love, was re-published in March 2009 by House of Nehesi Publishers St. Martin, Caribbean.  Her new poetry collection, Bougainvillea Ringplay, will be published in August 2009 by Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, England.  She is now working on a third manuscript of poetry and a novel.

Sheila Brooke

Sheila Brooke was born in IloIlo, Panay, Philippines. Now a lightkeeper, living at Trial Island Light, BC, Canada. Much water in between!

Paul Dickey

Paul Dickey’s poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in print and online journals including Rattle, Mid-American Review, Free Lunch, Swink, and Crab Orchard Review, and he is the author of two chapbooks, including What Wisconsin Took (2006).  Further information can be found here.

Keisha Lynne Ellis

Keisha Lynne Ellis feels as though writing may very well be her only hope for gaining and maintaining sanity in a world entrenched in absurdity. She writes short stories, spoken word poetry and critical essays.

Sonia Farmer

Sonia Farmer is a Bahamian who will complete her BFA in Creative Writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, in May 2009. She is the author of two limited edition chapbooks, What Becomes Us and Grow. Her work has appeared in Ubiquitous Literary and Art Magazine and Poui X.

Charles Huggins

Charles Huggins was born in Nevis and works in Canada, but lived in The Bahamas, where the bulk of his poetry was produced. He is a product of the Cropper Foundation Caribbean Writers’ workshop (Trinidad), and his work has appeared in Junction, From the Shallow Seas, Kunapipi, and Lignum Vitae.

Nicholas Laughlin

Nicholas Laughlin is the editor of The Caribbean Review of Books. His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Poetry Review (UK), and Poetry Wales, and he is working on a book about Guyana, part travel narrative, part cultural history. He was born and has always lived in Trinidad.

Vladimir Lucien

Vladimir Ortega Soyinka Lucien is from St. Lucia, and is in his freshman year of a BA in Literature and Theatre at the U.W.I. St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. He is working on a collection of poetry entitled Lacrimae Rerum, and a novel he is calling Fragments.

Amielle Major

Amielle Major is a sophomore at Vassar College, studying Drama and English with a minor in Education.

Janice Lynn Mather

ja**ly (Janice Lynn Mather) would rather you read her poems than her bio.

Ward Minnis

Ward Minnis was born in Nassau and grew up on the island of Eleuthera. His studies began at the College of the Bahamas studying Fine Art. He obtained a BA in English Literature and Caribbean Studies from York University, Toronto, and now he’s in Ottawa, earning a Master’s degree in History.

Muhammad Muwakil

Muhammad Muwakil is a 25-year-old aspiring poet from Trinidad and Tobago. He performed at Calabash 2007 and is currently in the process of publishing his first book. He is a final year student at UWI pursuing a BA in Literatures in English and a minor in International Relations.

Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp is the author of the children’s book, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories, and he maintains a blog at http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com. His next book, Who’s Your Daddy?: And Other Stories will be published in May 2009.

Eric Rose

Eric Rose has more than 15 years’ experience as a photographer and 10 years as a photojournalist and writer. Based in The Bahamas, his assignments take him as far away as Beijing and St. Lucia. He’s interested in making an image that sticks with a viewer.

Nic Sebastian

Nic Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia. She has two sons and travels widely. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Lily, Autumn Sky Poetry, Mannequin Envy, Poems Niederngasse, Avatar Review, Anti- and elsewhere. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale.

Ishmael Andrew Smith

Ishmael Andrew Smith is a member of Ruff Kutz, a performance collective whose goal is to bring audible life to lettered work.  Ishmael is an educator with the Bahamas’ Department of Education.  His ambition: to become a Professor of Applied Anthropology at The University of the Bahamas.

Obediah Michael Smith

Obediah Michael Smith has published twelve books of poems, a short novel and a cassette recording of his poems.  He has published widely in journals, and his work has begun to be translated into Spanish and included in anthologies and journals in South America, Mexico and Spain.

Ian Gregory Strachan

Ian Strachan is the author of several plays, including No Seeds in Babylon, Fatal Passage, and Diary of Souls. His other works include the novel God’s Angry Babies, the academic treatise Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean, and the documentary Show Me Your Motion.

Heather L. Thompson

Heather L. Thompson is a lawyer who writes occasionally. Before becoming a lawyer, Heather was active in Bahamian theatre. She is most proud of her role as “Witness” in the original production of You Can Bring a Horse to Water and wishes to reactivate her artistic side in the near future.

Tim Tomlinson

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, co-author of The Portable MFA in Creative Writing, and fiction editor for the webzine Ducts. Recent fiction and poetry appear in Perigee, Del Sol Review, Pif, and Hanging Moss Journal (Dec 2008).