february 2011 contributor notes

D’Anthra Adderley is a Year 13 student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Andrews School. “Poetry is where I find relief and refuge. With every chance I do write I become more aware of poetic and non-poetic elements of poetry, and as a result this has helped me to make finer or refined art.”

Thomas Armstrong is a Canadian/Barbadian writer. His novel Of Water and Rock was recently published by DC Books of Montreal. It won Gold in Barbados’ 2010 NIFCA literary awards and won 2nd prize in manuscript form in The Frank Collymore Awards of 2008. He has also published a short story in Poui X, entitled “Flyin in God’s Face”.

Andre Bagoo is a journalist working in Trinidad. In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Writing Prize for his writing. He writes for Newsday and has published poems and book reviews in journals like the Boston Review, Caribbean Review of Books and Draconian Switch.

Michael Bazzett’s poems have appeared in West Branch, Green Mountains Review, Best New Poets, Bateau, The National Poetry Review, and Rattle.  He was the winner of the 2008 Bechtel Prize from Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He divides his time between San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Minneapolis, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Nicolette Bethel is a Bahamian playwright, poet, anthropologist and blogger and the founding editor of tongues of the ocean. Her chapbook Mama Lily and the Dead was published by Poinciana Paper Press in December 2010.

Carlyon Blackman is a Barbadian poet who is an avid reader, loves to travel and meet people, who is defining/refining her voice through poetry. Previous and forthcoming publications include The Caribbean Writer, St Somewhere Journal and tongues of the ocean. Carlyon can be reached at blackberryjuice@hotmail.com.

Trisha Bora is an editor and writer who has been away from her hometown – Assam – for many years now and currently lives in Delhi. Her works have been published at Asia Writes, Nether Magazine, Ultra Violet, Out of Print, Nth Position, Green Light Dhaba among others.

Vashti Bowlah is an award-winning Trinidadian writer whose work has appeared in local, regional and international publications.

Vahni Capildeo (Trinidad; UK) is a Contributing Editor for the Caribbean Review of Books, a co-editor of the public arts initiative TOWN, and a Contributing Advisor for Black Box Manifold. Her work (poetry and prose) has been widely anthologized, most recently in Identity Parade (Bloodaxe) and Trinidad Noir (Akashic). Her third full-length poetry book, Dark & Unaccustomed Words, is due from Egg Box in 2010.

Christi Cartwright lives and writes in the Bahamas. She was a 2010 Callaloo Writers Workshop scholarship recipient and a finalist in the Summer Literary Seminar 2010 fiction competition. Her works have been published in tongues of the ocean, and by Poinciana Paper Press. She will be pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Syracuse University fall, 2011.

James Flick studied Fine Arts at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, but writing soon replaced painting as his main creative passion.  His work is inspired by his adopted Florida coastlines, family adventures, and his modern art background.  His work has appeared in The Melic Review.

Soyini Ayanna Forde was raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She enjoys hot cups of tea, pop culture, select branches of feminist theory, ridiculously sized earrings, and various facets of West Indianness. She has been published on sites like racialicious, Carnival Junction and Caribbean Axis as well as in the 2010 Caribbean Writer. She is a graduate of Barry University and the Stonecoast MFA program.

DaMaris B. Hill is a creative writer and graduate student at the University of Kansas. Her story “On the Other Side of Heaven – 1957” won the 2003 Hurston/Wright Award for Short Fiction. Some of her writing has been published with the Reverie, Bermuda Anthology of Poetry, African American National Biography Project, Warpland, Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, Women in Judaism and The Sable Quill.

Lynn Hoffman has been a merchant seaman, teacher, chef and cab driver, and has published two novels, The Bachelor’s Cat and bang BANG. His poetry has appeared in Angelic Dynamo, Melusine, Waterways, Abramelin, Referential, The Broad Street Review, Sephyrus and Short, Fast and Deadly. His main influences are Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Billy Collins, Groucho Marx and Ogden Nash.

Michelle Isava is a first generation Venezuelan immigrant coming of age in Trinidad and Tobago who experiments with different media because she believes the message should take precedence. http://www.michelleisava.blogspot.com/

Barbara Jenkins hails from Trinidad and Tobago. She is an almost sixty-nine year old MFA student at the University of West Indies.

Danielle Jennings is a freelance writer mentored by the late Wayne Brown. She was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1983, and studied Literatures in English at UWI (Mona). She was once a teacher, is currently on hiatus from law school, and her work has been featured in Latineos. She blogs at The Vicissitudes http://www.jaquandarae.blogspot.com

Namita Krishnamurthy is a 16-year old student from Kerala, India. She spends most of her time reading, writing, listening to AR Rahman music and watching movies. More of her works can be found at http://allpoetry.com/Namita. She can be contacted at nktorpado@yahoo.co.in.

Renatta Laundry, a Brooklyn based Guyanese writer is passionate about Capoeira, hoarding good memories and writing about them and their opposing bits. She was once a Reporter for Stabroek News, an English and Psychology major and is presently working on a collection of poetry called ‘Deconstructed: Emotions & Expletives.’

Amanda Lewis was born in Trinidad to a Trinidadian mother and a Tobagonian Father (the true meaning of a Trinbagonian), and raised in The Bahamas from the age of three. She considers herself a truly Caribbean woman.

Rick Lowe is Director/Operations Manager of Nassau Motor Company Ltd, the local representatives for Honda, Chevrolet, and Cadillac vehicles and ACDelco parts. He is Vice President of the Nassau Institute, a Bahamian public policy think tank and former member (19 years) of the Rotary Club of East Nassau where he served as president 1995/1996. Visit his photo blog at http://www.loweonline.com


Jaime Lee Loy is a contemporary artist and writer from Trinidad and Tobago.  She has participated as an Artist-in-Residence around the world and has exhibited nationally and in London and the USA.  She collaborated with artist Nikolai Noel on “200 Drawings” at the Alice Yard Space, Trinidad. Photography is her most current investigation, as well as writing a novella Fine and Loose Rope, and producing a Docu-art video.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Boston Review of the Arts, Kalliope, Mudfish, Spectrum and Word Thursdays. Four of her books have been published by fine literary presses. Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky, A.P.D. Press, Albany, New York.

Nancy Anne Miller was born in Bermuda and has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her poems have appeared in Edinburgh Review, Stand, Haiku Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Via, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and The Cordite Poetry Review among others. She was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2008 and organized and read in Ber-Mused the Bermuda Festival Poetry Event for Bermuda’s 400th Anniversary

Oscar Tantoco Serquiña, Jr. is a faculty member of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He was a fellow for poetry at the 10th UST National Writers Workshop and at the 49th Siliman National Writers Workshop. He maintains a blog, http://lettersinthedark.wordpress.com.

Obediah Michael Smith was born on New Providence, in the Bahamas and has published 13 books of poetry. He has lived and has studied French, in Paris, France. His poems, in English, are included in literary journals and anthologies throughout the Caribbean, in the USA and in England and his poems, translated into Spanish, are included in anthologies in Colombia, in Mexico, in Peru, in Venezuela and in Spain.

Michael K. White spent his youth tricking producers into investing in his plays. In 2007 his story “13 Halloweens” was chosen as one of the ten best stories published in 2006 by the super cool folks at Story South. In 2010 “My Apartment” a “micro-novel” was published by Blueprint Press. He lives with the cows in Colorado.