october 2009 contributor notes

Anku Sa Ra

Born Cleveland W. Eneas III, March 9, 1977, and now known as , this old soul has journeyed through life as an artist in many respects and uses it, art, to share with the world, all that has been shared with him.

Randall Baker

Randall Baker lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and daughter. When not earning a living, he likes to wrestle with words. Occasionally, he is able to subdue them into forming a song, poem or story.

Christi Cartwright

lives in the Bahamas. She loves to write.

Christian Campbell

is a poet, scholar and culture worker of Bahamian and Trinidadian heritage.  He studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received the PhD at Duke.  His debut collection, Running the Dusk (Peepal Tree Press), is forthcoming in 2010.  He is a professor at the University of Toronto.

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. She is currently Prose Editor for tongues of the ocean.

Joanne C. Hillhouse

Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight and The Boy from Willow Bend. Her writing’s featured in Ma Comère, Caribbean Writer, Calabash, Sea Breeze, and Women Writers. She’s won a 2008 Breadloaf fellowship and 2004 UNESCO Honour Award.

Helen Klonaris

’ work has appeared in two anthologies including Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writings from the Antilles, and several journals, including Yinna, The Caribbean Writer and HLFQ. She is the co-director of the Bahamas Writers Summer Institute and teaches creative writing in the Bay Area.

Aditi Machado

’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various Indian and international journals. She lives in Bangalore, India and blogs at Blotting paper.

Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

was born in Trinidad in 1960. A mechanical/building services engineer and part-time college lecturer, she now lives in Nassau, Bahamas.

Philip Nanton

Originally from St. Vincent,  now lives in Barbados where he is a lecturer and freelance writer. Publications include contributions to Caribbean Dispatches: Beyond the Tourist Dream (2006) and regular appearances in Poui. He also writes and produces BBC radio programmes on Caribbean artists. Island Voices from St Christopher and the Barracudas may be purchased from him at US$25 (including postage and packaging) per CD via snailmail. Contact him at 1, Russia Gully, Fisherpond, St. Thomas, Barbados.

Nakia Pearson

Having worked as a freelance journalist for Nassau papers, ’s taken her writing abroad, producing articles for expat magazines in Japan and China. She writes poetry, nonfiction, essays, and short stories. This story originally appeared on Fueled by Rice, her blog about her bike ride from Beijing to Paris.

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

has two sons and travels widely. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Lily, Autumn Sky Poetry, Mannequin Envy, Poems Niederngasse, Avatar Review, Anti– and tongues of the ocean. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale.

Tom Sheehan

’s books Epic CuresBrief Cases, Short SpansA Collection of Friends and From the Quickeninghave garnered him several awards, and he has published fiction and poetry widely. He has ten Pushcart nominations, Noted Stories for 2007 and 2008, and the Georges Simenon Award for fiction.

Obediah Michael Smith

(featured writer)

has published thirteen books of poems, a short novel and a cassette recording of his poems. At University of Miami and University of the West Indies, Cavehill, Barbados, he has studied his craft with Caribbean luminaries such as Lorna Goodison, Earl Lovelace, Grace Nichols, Merle Collins, and Mervyn Morris. In 1989, for six months, he lived in Paris, France and studied French at L’Alliance Francaise. 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. His most recent publications are In a China Shop & Other Poems, a limited-edition handbound chapbook from Poinciana Print Press, and two new collections, Seventy Poems (Lulu, 2009) and Open Testament (Lulu, 2009). He blogs at earth spinners. He has two daughters and two sons.

Lynn Sweeting

’s poems have been published in The Caribbean Writer, Sisters of Caliban, and WomanSpeak. She writes the truth about life as an act of womanish resistance in a patriarchal Caribbean culture. Sisterhood among women as a way to transform our lives and our world is a recurring motif.

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.

Martin Willitts

Jr’s recent poems appeared in Blue Fifth, Parting Gifts, Bent Pin, Nantuck River Review, The Centrifugal Eye, Quiddity, and others. His tenth chapbook is The Garden of French Horns (Pudding House Publications, 2008) and his second full-length collection is The Hummingbird (March Street Press, 2009). He co-edits www.hotmetalpress.net.

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