If your book club, school, business, agency, professional association, or other group is interested in hosting me virtually (e.g. via skype or zoom) or in person, for a talk, reading, or other presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please note, that a minimum purchase of my books and/or appearance fee plus expenses will be required. I am also experienced in leading workshops for children, teens, and adults on creative writing, creating/creativity as a tool in education, media/communications, and written communication. A facilitation fee is required for workshops/courses.
See also: Media page, Cooking Magic, Televised Book Club Discussion, Writers’ Gallery (or writers I’ve met along the way), Writer’s Gallery (or Writer’s Life in Images) & galleries of launch events for books like The Boy from Willow Bend , Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure There was no official launch for The Jungle Outside but you can watch a live discussion between author and illustrator.
With Grace, launched 2016. Also has another edition stamped as an official pick of the USVI Governor’s Summer Read Challenge.
The Jungle Outside, debuted in 2021 with no official launch; but on April 23rd illustrator Danielle Boodoo Fortune and I had a YouTube live chat that served as the first unofficial public event featuring the book. (above is a screengrab from that event featuring one of our favourite image panels).
STILL TO COME
To book me, see note re Bookings at the top of this post.
April 8th – Presented virtually on ‘Writing Dialogue as a Storyteller‘ during the first day of the United States Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair.
February 27th – Caribbean Fiction Book Club – discussion of Oh Gad! with author appearance.
You were simply amazing & I loved your book. What a great discussion! (CFBC-er via instagram)
February 3rd 2022 – A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, Canada – sharing primarily The Jungle Outside with children and educators from two schools (the Africentric Alternative School and the Hume Wood Community School) in The Greater Toronto Area.
The session was brilliant and the students were inspired. (February 3rd event organizer)
December 2021 – reading of The Jungle Outside for ABS TV Book Club Feature
Read about it in my post-event CREATIVE SPACE column
October 15th 2021 – (virtual) panel on Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction and Its Interpretations – presenting a paper on ‘About a Girl: a Close Read of Jamaica Kincaid’s ‘Girl’, its stylistic devices and & aesthetic intersection with literature in the Antiguan oral (specifically, calypso) tradition‘ @ the Antigua Barbuda Conference See Program: 15 AVCC Program (1)
October 7th 2021 – Aspiring Authors and Writers Virtual Literary Event–
October 2nd 2021 – Bocas Workshop on Writing for Children –
August 23rd 2021 – (posting date; interview done a week or so earlier) – Diaspora KidsLit –
August 17th 2021 – (posting date; interview was actually done April 14th 2021) – Badass Black Girl Season 5/Ep. 2 –
August 10th 2021 – reading at the Medellin International Poetry Festival –
June 25th 2021 – Abeng Book Club’s Caribbean American Heritage Month virtual event ‘Literary Conversations on the Caribbean: a Mosaic of Flavors and Textures’ – a topic inspired Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean which includes my story ‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’ (with Belizean writer Ivory Kelly, author of ‘This Thing We call Love’)
May 8th 2021 – Coffee and Conversations Book Club, Grenada – discussion re Oh Gad!
January 20th 2021 – National Public Library of Antigua and Barbuda Author of the Month series –
November 2020 – This is the video I did in fulfillment of my Catapult Caribbean Creative Arts Online Grant. Please click, view, like, and share – and subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there.
October 31st 2020 – Promo event outside of The Best of Books Bookstore in Antigua
August 2020 – Gender advocacy group Intersect excerpts my story Carnival Hangover on their Instagram page.
July 18th 2020 –
June 25th 2020 – reading from Musical Youth as part of the St. Lucia Tourist Board CaribCation (online) Caribbean Author Reading Series –
2020 – Not a personal appearance but Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure was very charmingly read by two guest readers in the Read to me TT (pandemic inspired) nightly bedtime virtual reading series. This is part 1.
March 7th 2020 – I was there to listen only but (with gratitude) The Boy from Willow Bend was the official read at the Rotary Club of Antigua reading competition
Friday 28th February 2020 – Reading – Black History Day programme – Christ the King High School (my alma mater!) – (me waiting to go on – I’ve uploaded video of the actual presentation to the #thewritinglife list on my youtube channel (look for BHM CKHS clips 1 – 3) – plus I’ve done a post on the school visit, linked here. p.s. love this skirt – the fabric was a Christmas gift from a friend and the skirt was made by my designer niece Nicoya, of Nicoya Henry Designs, whom I wrote about in CREATIVE SPACE after she won the fashion design show during our 2019 Independence – check her out on instagram and in the Caribbean Marketplace)
November 2019 – Trinidad and Tobago writer (author of Home Home, the US edition of which is to be published in 2020) Lisa Allen-Agostini read from Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (thanks, Lisa) at TnT’s Bishop Anstey Junior School’s book fair and shared vid to instagram. Check it out.
November 5th, 6th, and 7th 2019 – the Sharjah International Book Fair – participated in two discussion forums, one on Young Adult Literature (w/Noura Al Noman; moderated by Dr. Lamya Tawfik) and one on Writing by Women – African Literature (w/Margaret Busby and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey; moderated by Abdul Karim); plus visited the Gulf Model School in Dubai. For pictures, see link above and for video see my You Tube channel. Here’s my bio from the SIBF guest author listing:
September 5th 2019 – Interview and reading (from Musical Youth) on ABS TV morning programme –
– other media appearances can be found on the Media page
August 2019 – Danielle Boodoo Fortune (illustrator of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure) presented the book at CARIFESTA in Trinidad. She said: “These little ones loved it, and they had lots of great questions!” (via social media)’
May 2019 – Danielle Boodoo Fortune (illustrator of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure) was at the Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad and shared the book during a children’s workshop she facilitated at the festival.
Thanks, Danielle for being both talented and gracious.
March 2019 – Found out about this one after the fact – A reading of With Grace was part of a Black History Month event at the Barnes Hill Reservoir Park
February 28th 2019 – Co-facilitated a workshop with poet Joy Lawrence during Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education’s Literacy Festival. Please note, all workshops won’t be listed here as many fall less under author appearances and more under professional services, this was a hybrid; but you can read related performance reviews here.
December 15th 2018 – Author Meet and Greet at the Best of Books bookstore with Antiguan and Barbudan authors Kimolisa Mings and Brenda Lee Browne, and (not pictured) Michelle Toussaint.
See post at Wadadli Pen.
November 17th 2018 – 4:00 p.m. – ReadCaribbean (the official Caribbean literature programme for the Miami Book Fair) Presents Adventures for Kids – Miami Book Fair– with Marjuan Canady, Paula-Anne Porter-Jones, and Francie Latour. Read about the experience here.
October 25th 2018 – 6-7 p.m. – Antigua and Barbuda’s Crusader Radio’s Literary Hour. 107.3 FM. – reading poems Ah Write! and The Arrival which can be found in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, and excerpt of story The Night the World Ended published in Volume 32 of The Caribbean Writer – other media appearances can be found on the Media page
October 22nd 2018 – read poem Ode to the Pan Man from The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27 2013 and an excerpt from Musical Youth at the Independence Programme Fu Arwe Ting! (which included presentations by Joy Lawrence, Kimolisa Mings, Honey Bee Theatre, Spilling Ink’s Olsfred James, and others). See clip from the Musical Youth reading below and go to my AntiguanWriter YouTube channel to see Ode to the Pan Man and other things.
June 10th 2018 – Barbados – Commonwealth Writers reading headlined by Jacob Ross and Karen Lord, Commonwealth short story winner Ingrid Persaud, and including participant-writers (in the Commonwealth sponsored workshop) from the Bahamas (Alexia Tolas), Bermuda (Yesha Townsend, Regina Fergusen), St. Lucia (Katherine Atkinson), Grenada (Richie Maitland), Barbados (Shakirah Bourne, Carlie Pipe), Jamaica (Sharma Taylor), and Antigua and Barbuda (Tammi Browne-Bannister).
June 2nd 2018 – Celebrating Ourselves at The Shed at Sugar Ridge, Antigua. A reading with Kimolisa Mings and Brenda Lee Browne.
August 7th and 8th 2017 – (not technically an appearance but) the tree faerie from my book With Grace made an appearance during Antigua’s Carnival (as part of a small troupe with friends, Grace’s Merrymakers):
April 26th 2017 – Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office World Intellectual Property Day Open House and Mini Fair:
December 2016 – With Grace launched:
October 2016 – participated with Dr. Natasha Lightfoot in Independence literary event –
May 12th – 15th 2016 – BIM Lit Fest:
Guest authors included Olive Senior, A-dZiko Simba Gegele, Tanya Shirley, Mervyn Morris, Bernice McFadden, and others.
March 29th & April 7th 2016 – Presented at the Antigua and Barbuda National Public Library Easter Camp
January 21st 2016 – Moray House, Georgetown, Guyana: Fiction and poetry readings with Felene Cayetano (Belize), Richard Georges (British Virgin Islands), Naijah Imoja (Barbados), Jane King (St. Lucia), Shivanee Ramlochan (Trinidad and Tobago), Kim Dismont Robinson (Bermuda), Tanya Batson-Savage (Jamaica), Ruel Johnson (Guyana). This reading was timed to coincide with a weeklong fiction editing workshop. Here’s the Post-workshop blog:
September 20th 2015 – Brooklyn Book Festival:
Co-panelists were from right Tanwi Nadini Islam and Matthew McGevna, and the moderator was Ian Maloney. My outfit + jewelry for the entire festival courtesy Miranda Askie Designs.
June 27th 2015 Government House fundraiser Sips and Verses:
Participating authors included Kimolisa Mings, Joy Lawrence, Michelle Toussaint, Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis, Margaret Irish, and others.
June 3rd to 7th 2015 – St. Martin Book Fair:
Included school visits and public readings with Oonya Kempadoo, Vladimir Lucien, Tishani Doshi, Gisele Pineau, Bankie Banx, and others.
May 21st to 24th 2015 – The Anguilla Literary Festival – a Literary Jollification:
March 26th to 29th 2015 – The Virgin Islands literary festival and book fair:
with featured guest Jamaica Kincaid, pictured above with Opal Palmer Adisa; panel with Sharon Millar, Tiphanie Yanique, and Gillian Royes, plus readings and school visits.
2015 – Good Morning Antigua and Barbuda Teen Edition and other media coverage can be found here:
December 2014 – Antigua – book club discussion – Oh Gad! and Musical Youth
November 2014 – Antigua – launch of Musical Youth at the Best of Books:
November 2014 – Antigua – Leonard Tim Hector Memorial lecture and award ceremony receiving the LTH Memorial Award:
April 2014 – Literary Safari at the Pen World Voices Festival at the Westbeth Center for the Arts in NY. Experience blogged here. PW anthology here. PEN page here. Literary Safari Slide Show here:
Other participating Caribbean writers included Barbara Jenkins and Sharon Leach. Photograph from this event was selected for Beowulf Sheehan’s book Author.
April 2014 – Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad for the announcement of the Burt Awards Winner (placed second overall! Watch out for Musical Youth); also a panelist. Experience blogged here and here:
April 2014 – The Commonwealth Foundation invited me to be a part of a panel entitled The Untold Story in Glasgow, Scotland. Experience blogged here and here; event report here and pre-interview with the British Council here:
2014 – Wadadli Youth Pen Prize annual awards ceremony (every year…almost every year since 2004) – not a promotional activity but lit arts related as Wadadli Pen is a not profit project I founded to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda – and 2014 was its 10th anniversary –
January 2014 – second Cooking Magic appearance –
December 2013 – signing event with fellow Antiguan and Barbudan authors (Linisa George, Brenda Lee Browne, and Floree Williams) at the Best of Books:
April 2013 – The 3rd Congress of Caribbean Writers in Guadeloupe:
with Caribbean literary legend Earl Lovelace- and other Caribbean authors like Kendel Hippolyte, Leone Ross, Lawrence Scott, Erna Brodber, Russell Banks, Velma Pollard, Marion Bethel, McDonald Dixon, Lyonel Trouillot, Esther Phillips, Elizabeth Nunez, and others. Panelist with Aurea Maria Sotomayor and Gisele Pineau presenting on memory/history and fiction. Read my paper here.
April 2013 – honouring promising literary talent in the awards ceremony for The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize @ the Best of Books, Antigua
February 2013 – reading (with Sir Probyn Innis, Dr. Milton Whittaker, Clement Bouncin Williams) at Greenland Books and Things in St. Kitts https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/back-from-greenland
February 2013 – cooking and reading during Cooking Magic appearance https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/appearances/cooking-magic
August 2012 – reading at the Nature Island Literary Festival in Dominica (with writers like Mervyn Morris, Adrian Augier, Roger Bonair-Agard, Elizabeth Nunez, Adrian Green, Mario Picayo, Lennox Honeychurch, and others) (with Barbadian poet Adrian Green)
June 2012 –
May 2012 – the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars conference in Suriname, and live blogging the experience. Participating writers and artists included featured artist Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Opal Palmer Adisa, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Annie Paul, Holly Bynoe, Nadia Huggins, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and others. I did a couple of panels including a featured panel presentation (read the full text here) and a reading.
April 2012 – Oh Gad! launch
October 2011 – Telling Our Stories (University of Toronto, Canada) with Antiguan and Barbuan writers like D. Gisele Isaac, Althea Prince, Motion, Fernano Smith, and others.
2011 – Best of Books 10th anniversary – which was also the start of its partnership with the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize in terms of hosting our annual awards ceremony and sponsoring the Challenge plaque
2008 – Moonlight Street Fair (Antigua) –
in celebration of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight
2008 – An international fellowship (to participate in Ursula Hegi’s workshop alongside fellow/author Will Allison) at the Breadloaf Writers Conference – – included a live reading
2008 – BIM Conference Celebrating Caribbean Women Writers (Barbados)
Pictured with Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Danielle Boodoo-Fortune, Angela Barry, Esther Philips, Ramabai Espinet, Curdella Forbes, and others including in the centre George Lamming.
2007 – Author in Residence– Friends of Antigua Public Library (NY) – pictured with my interviewer at that event author Monica Matthew –
2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 – the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival – I was a panelist and reader in this the festival’s first, second, and third years (I believe) – and manned the children’s tent in 2010 – I’m pictured in 2006 with left to right, Althea Prince, Elizabeth Nunez, Verna Wilkins, Nalo Hopkinson, and Marie Elena John.
2005 – the first Antigua-Barbuda Conference (antigua_conference2005) held annually by the Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association – was held August 3rd – 5th – at Jolly Beach Resort – I was a part of the panel on journalism and gender – chaired by Susan Lowes and including co-panelists Milton Benjamin and Dr. Ermina Osoba – my presentation was on Contemporary Trends in Media in Antigua and Barbuda – it was subsequently published in the 2007 CLR James Journal
2003 – Caribbean Canadian Literary Expo –
2003 – keynote speaker at the University of Puerto Rico’s Islands In Between Conference
There have been many other appearances and school visits over the years; too many to mention.
(2015 during my schools tour during an AGHS stop)
…and it began here at the University of Miami’s Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute (facilitated in 1995 by Olive Senior) where workshop participants were required to do a public reading. Here’s where you can find the reading clip (it begins at 57:15 but why not watch the whole thing). Other workshop participants included Dahlma Llanos Figueroa, Donna Aza Weir-Soley, Ifeona Fulani, Joanne Hippolyte, Eugenia O’Neal, Opal Palmer Adisa, Sarah Pemberton Strong, Cin D Quashie, Guichard Cadet, Myriam Chancey, Sheryl Byfield, Danielle Legros George, Michael Obediah Smith, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, Vincent Neptune, Malachi Smith, and others).