october 2010 contributor notes

D’Anthra Adderley

D’Anthra Adderley is a recent graduate of St Andrew’s School who writes poetry primarily to express her feelings and views about people, places and/or events. “Poetry for me is about evoking emotion and manipulating rhetoric. It is an opportunity, perhaps the only one, for me to be honest.”

A. Philip Armbrister

(featured writer)

A. Philip Armbrister is an Assistant Professor at The College of The Bahamas, and a Fulbright Scholar with research interests in sustainable development and Haitian Creole studies. Poetry is comforting, revealing and therapeutic. He uses it to express his creativity as it is revealed to him through people, objects, events, memory and imagination.

Margot Bethel

Artist, cabinet maker, interior and set designer, radio talk show host and cultural activist, Margot Bethel is the founder and director of the Hub community arts centre in downtown Nassau, Bahamas. In the summer of 2010, she enrolled in the Bahamas Writers Summer Institute. “For As Long as I Remember” is her first published work of creative non-fiction.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné 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.

Christian Campbell

(featured writer)

Christian Campbell is the author of Running the Dusk, which earned the 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for Poetry as well as being a finalist for the Cave Canem Prize and shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Book in the UK. He is also a recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship. He teaches at the University of Toronto.

Alina Doodnath

Alina Doodnath is a English Literature graduate from UWI St. Augustine currently wrapping up an MSc in Journalism at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Her favourite writers include Ernest Hemingway, Earl Lovelace, James Joyce, C.S. Lewis, Derek Walcott, Eric Roach, Carl Sandburg, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, and Adrienne Rich, amongst others.

Summer Edward

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Summer Edward is a Master’s student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in BIM, Philadelphia Stories, St. Somewhere and tongues of the ocean. She blogs at http://www.summeredward.blogspot.com and is the Managing Editor of Anansesem, the Caribbean children’s literature ezine.

Sonia Farmer

Sonia Farmer is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press. She’s the author of two chapbooks whose work has appeared in numerous collections including Poui and The Caribbean Writer. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute, and is currently pursuing her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of the Arts.

Alessandra Trinidad Foley

Born in the Philippines, Alessandra Trinidad Foley now lives in Aberdeen, Scotland.

George Goddard

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. He has previously been published in tongues of the ocean.

Maria Govan

A filmmaker of Greek, Scottish and Bahamian descent, Maria Govan’s creative voice is deeply rooted in a dialogue with her home, the Bahamas. She was involved in the Bahamas Writers Summer Institute as a teacher of screenwriting. Her first feature film, Rain, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, and opened the Bahamas International Film Festival that December.

Emille Hunt

Emille Hunt is a young writer from the Bahamas whose passions are focused on the issues of identity, politics and culture. He is currently completing his manuscript as a MFA candidate at the University of The West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. His fiction has been shortlisted in the Small Axe Literary Competition 2009 and 2010.

Renatta Laundry

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.

Thea Rutherford

Thea Rutherford works as a feature writer for the Nassau Guardian. She has a BA in History and Political Science from McGill University (2004) and a MS in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007). She has written poems since her high school days.

Sandra Sealy

Sandra Sealy has poetry and other genres published in the Caribbean and beyond. Her spoken-word/jazz single “Beauty Of The Bald Head”, became a music video in 2004. This storyteller /creative writing tutor has taught several children who have won awards under her tutelage. She blogs at Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps.

Olive Senior

(featured writer)

A Jamaican now resident in Canada, Olive Senior is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction; her latest is the poetry book Shell. Her novel Dancing Lessons and a children’s picture book, Birthday Suit, will be published in 2011. Her short story collection Summer Lightning won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and her poetry book Over the Roofs of the World was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor-General’s Award for Literature. Her other books include Arrival of the Snake-Woman, Discerner of Hearts (fiction); Talking of Trees, Gardening in the Tropics (poetry); Working Miracles: Women’s Lives in the English Speaking Caribbean and The Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage.

Maelynn Seymour-Major

Maelynn Seymour-Major is a lecturer at The College of The Bahamas, in the School of English Studies.  She obtained her BA in English Literature and MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, The University of London.  She puts her poems up on Confessions of a Logophile. Her earlier work was also published in tongues of the ocean.

Deborah Thompson

Being a 21 year veteran educator and a mother has given Deborah Thompson great pleasure and spawned some of her proudest moments.

Heather L. Thompson

Heather L.Thompson is a poet who has attended workshops at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and BWSI. She has been published on tongues of the ocean and Screw Iowa.

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