Joanne C. Hillhouse is an Ottos, Antigua-Barbuda born, Caribbean made, international author, freelance content creator and copy editor, writing coach, course and workshop coordinator, arts and culture advocate and commentator, and book blogger and vlogger whose media products include the CREATIVE SPACE series, the Blogger on Books (and #BookChat #unscripted) series. Her lit arts development programmes include the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project/Jhohadli Writing Project workshop series and the non-profit Wadadli Youth Pen Prize.
Joanne has written for Essence magazine, Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, Caribbean Beat, and other publications; written and/or edited books (fiction and non-fiction) and other content – including internal and external corporate communications, marketing content for commercial entities, and social marketing content for non-profits. She has worked (as writer, producer) on film and TV projects, and taught written communication at the CAPE and undergraduate levels, in addition to independent adult classes and commissioned staff training. Joanne graduated with a degree in Mass Communication from the University of the West Indies and has participated in creative writing classes or workshops at UWI, University of Miami, Middlebury College, Brown University, etc. Her published books cross genres and include children’s picture books (With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure), teen/young adult novels (of which Musical Youth was a Burt award winning title; and both MY and The Boy from Willow Bend are on Caribbean schools reading lists), adult contemporary novels (Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!). She’s published poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in journals and anthologies, e.g. Pepperpot: Best New Stories of the Caribbean (her story Amelia at Devil’s Bridge having been taught/studied at educational institutions in the Caribbean and US) and the 2020 NAACP Image Award nominated New Daughters of Africa. She has repped the #268 at lit events around the world including the UK, US, and UAE. Lit Hub named her in 2018 as one of ’10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know (And Add To Your American Lit Syllabus)’.
Opening image is a screen capture from a 2012 televised Oh Gad! book club discussion.