june 2009 contributor notes

Danielle Boodoo-Fortune

has lived all her life in Sangre Grande, Trinidad. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. Previous publications include Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, Heart to Verse: Wordlines from UWI, as well as the online publications WomenWriters.net and Pemmican Press.

Annischa Bettina Cook

studies English at the University of Iowa, where she transferred from the College of The Bahamas.

Desiree Cox

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Dr has been educated at McGill, Oxford, and Cambridge Universities. She is a Rhodes Scholar, university orofessor, writer and international visual artist. A 2008 Cropper Foundation Writers’ Residency winner, her poems have been published poems in Cave Hill literary journal POUI. See www.soulimagination.org.

Mac Donald Dixon

is a visual artist, poet, playwright, actor, novelist and theatre director whose work reveals a man hopelessly in love with his country, St. Lucia. He was awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Silver) in 1993 for his contribution to literature and photography.

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

is a Bahamian who completed 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, Poui X, and tongues of the ocean.

George Goddard

is a trade unionist. Educated in Saint Lucia, Venezuela, and Barbados, he has had a passion for language and poetry since childhood. He shared the M & C Fine Arts Award for Poetry with Mac Donald Dixon in 1988, and is compiling his first collection for publication.

Shayla Hawkins

lives in Detroit, Michigan and won The Caribbean Writer’s 2008 Canute A. Brodhurst Prize in Short Fiction. She has published poetry, interviews, book reviews and essays in, among other publications, Windsor Review, Carolina Quarterly, Yemassee, Poets & Writers Magazine, and The Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers.

Kendel Hippolyte

, a playwright, actor, director and cultural activist, received a James Michener Fellowship to study poetry, an OAS scholarship to study theatre, twice won the Literature prize in St. Lucia’s Minvielle & Chastanet Fine Arts Awards, and was given the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) in 2000.

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.

Rob A. Mackenzie

lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. A pamphlet, The Clown of Natural Sorrow, was published by HappenStance Press in 2005. His first full collection, The Opposite of Cabbage, was published by Salt in March 2009. He blogs at Surroundings.

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.

Sergio Ortiz

grew up in Chicago, studied English literature in Puerto Rico, and philosophy at World University. He has worked as an ESL teacher, with the elderly blind, and as a chef. His work has appeared in over forty literary journals, including The Battered Suitcase, Salt River Review, and Yellow Medicine.

Rolinda Pierre

has been writing and performing poetry since childhood, and is an active member of the Express Yourself collective in Nassau, Bahamas. Her poems have been featured in the poetry column in the Nassau Guardian. She is currently developing a collection of poems and a poetry CD.

Kenneth Pobo

had a new book of poems out in 2008 from WordTech Press called Glass Garden.  His work appears in Southern Ocean Review, Nimrod, Forpoetry.com, Orbis, and elsewhere.

Georgia Popplewell

Georgia Popplewell is a writer, editor and media producer from Trinidad and Tobago, and host/producer of Caribbean Free Radio, the Caribbean’s first podcast. She’s fluent in French, can get along in Spanish, and love books, photography, the visual arts and (useful) gadgets. She’s also the Managing Director of Global Voices.

Patrick Rahming

is a Bahamian architect, poet, musician, dramatist and storyteller. His poetry has been published throughout the region and his recent work in fiction has continued his reputation as a storyteller.

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

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.

David Trame

is an Italian teacher of English who has been writing exclusively in English since 1993. His poems have appeared in magazines since 1999. His poetry collection Re-emerging was published by  http://www.gattopublishing.com in 2006.

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