june 2011 contributor notes

Carlyon Blackman is a Barbadian poet who is an avid reader, loves to travel and meet people.  Her work can be read in The Caribbean Writer, St Somewhere Journal, tongues of the ocean and is forthcoming in Poui. Carlyon can be reached at blackberryjuice@hotmail.com.

Ernestia Fraser is a young Bahamian writer who discovered her passion for writing at Messiah College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and went on to complete an M.F.A. in Screenwriting at Chatham University in Pittsburg. She is currently working on a few manuscripts and plans to pursue a screenwriting career.

Wendy Howe is an English teacher and freelance writer who lives with her life partner in Southern California. A Pushcart nominee, her poetry has been published in a variety of literary journals. A number of her poems appear in two recent anthologies, Lilith and Postcards From Eve, as well as a literary companion to the paintings of renowned French artist, Marie-France Riviere.

Simone Leid is a Trinidad and Tobago national, fellow of the Cropper Foundation Creative Writers Workshop and Founder of The WomenSpeak Project—an online forum which encourages Caribbean women to tell their stories of discrimination http://womenspeak.tumblr.com

Marcel Anthony Logan is a twenty-eight year-old Jamaican who has been writing for poetry for over a decade. His writing reflects his life’s thematic concern with the human condition, memory, inamorata, identity, and the process and purpose of language. Poetry is the passion with whom he lives with in New York City.

Andre Marsden is a poetry, fiction, and essay writer from Belmopan, Belize. His writing has been published in online journals such as MediaVirus Magazine and St. Somewhere Journal, and in print in News Exchange Magazine in Belize.

Danielle McShine was born in Trinidad and Tobago. Her poetry has appeared online in The Adirondack Review and other publications. Some recent work is included in Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light. She currently lives and works in France.

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.

Paula Obè is a performance poet who combines acoustic guitar with her performance.  She has performed in New York, Canada, Barbados, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guyana and T&T.  Paula has had poems published in literary journals and has had two chapbooks published, Passages and “Walking a Thin Line“.  Obè has also produced two poetry CDs, Afterbirth and Not so Soft.

Chike Pilgrim is an MPhil candidate of History at the University of the West Indies.

Shivanee Ramlochan participated in the Cropper Foundation’s Residential Writers Workshop in 2010. She runs the book review blog, Novel Niche, and is working on a collection of short fiction that focuses on the interrogation of desire, gender and language in the Caribbean. She lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago.

Obediah Michael Smith has published numerous books of poems, the most recent being a bilingual Spanish-English collection released this year, Wide Sargasso Sea and 62 Other Poems, among other works.  He has published widely in journals, and his work has been translated into Spanish and included in anthologies and journals in South America, Mexico and Spain.

Lynn Sweeting’s poems have been published in The Caribbean Writer, Sisters of Caliban, Yinna, tongues of the ocean and the WomanSpeak Journal, which she co-created with Helen Klonaris, and whose fifth issue was launched in December 2010. She writes the truth about life as an act of womanish resistance and sisterhood among women in a patriarchal Caribbean culture.