2019 in Sharjah with Margaret Busby, 3rd from left, and Yvonne Bailey-Smith, 2nd from left.
At a pub in Scotland, 2014, with Jamaican writer Kei Miller (author of Fear of Stones and other books). I was in Glasgow for the Aye Write! Festival. (Photo courtesy Ivory Kelly)
With Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, at the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival.
with Marlon James at his Antigua book signing in 2019.
with then new Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in the early 1990s where I served as his usher at a UWI event
With author-editors at the Carib Lit fiction editing workshop in Guyana (2016): Shivanee Ramlochan, Nailah Imoja, Jane King, Felene Cayetano, Richard Georges, Tanya Batson-Savage, Ruel Johnson, Kim Dismont Robinson – all of us flanked by Jeremy Poynting and johnny Temple, publishers of Peepal Tree and Akashic, respectively.
With other Caribbean writers, publishers, and literary activists at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2015. (source: Brooklyn Book Festival fb page)
At the Just Write Writers Retreat with from left Retreat organizer Brenda Lee Browne, and writers Asha Graham (2013 and 2014 winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize), Glen Toussaint and Zahra Airall. 2014.
with Antiguan-Barbudan-British writer Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis. About…2013 maybe.
with Ivory Kelly of Belize, my co-panelist at that festival 2014. Ivory and I both shared our stories from Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. (Photo courtesy Ivory Kelly)
Panelists at the BIM Symposium (2008) Celebrating Caribbean Women Writers. Ramabai Espinet, Angela Barry, Danielle Boodoo Fortune, Curdella Forbes
with a writer who was an inspiration to another young writer from Antigua and Barbuda. Jamaica Kincaid. Here I am with her in St. Croix where we were both participating in 2015 in the Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair. (Photo courtesy Jamaican writer Opal Palmer Adisa)
After a reading at the Anguilla Public Library with library staff, one of the students, and fellow writers including, next to me (that’s me in black), Philip Arnell, Yona Deshommes, Annie Potts (of Designing Women, Ghostbusters etc. fame), and J. Ivy. I was in Anguilla (2015) for their literary festival.
My first ever book event (2003), a signing outside of the Best of Books for my first book The Boy from Willow Bend. Antiguan and Barbudan author S E James (Tragedy on Emerald Island and other books in that series) came out to support.
This is either after or before my panel with Ivory Kelly of Belize…far right is the other featured writer Martin McIntyre. Gemma Robinson, the panel chair, is to my right. 2014.
A group of writers from Antigua and Barbuda with funding from the Commonwealth trekked to Jamaica for Calabash in 2007. From left S E James, me, Akilah Jardine, Brenda Lee Browne, and Marie Elena John, with St. Kitts-British writer Caryl Philips.
In Guadeloupe, 2013, Caribbean Congress of Writers with Bahamian writer Marion Bethel and Jamaican writer Leone Ross. (Photo courtesy John Robert Lee)
Behind all those kids, centre, is Montserrat poet and playwright Chadd Cumberbatch, who stopped by the Cushion Club to read from his book Ya Ya Surfeit. Circa 2010.
With self-proclaimed fantiguan and NY Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey at one of the literary festivals in Antigua …I think this might have been 2008.
with Antiguan-Barbudan/British writer Brenda Lee Browne who played the role of interviewer during a televised discussion of my book Oh Gad! in 2012.
This picture was taken at the 2008 BIM Panel in Barbados ‘Celebrating Caribbean Women Writers’ and included BIM editor Esther Phillips, Jamaican writers Curdella Forbes and Carolyn Cooper – a former professor of mine, was so cool to see her again, Danielle Boodoo Fortune of Trinidad, Ramabai Espinet, author of the Swinging Bridge, George Lamming, the elder of Caribbean literature, among others.
with Bajan poet Adrian Green at the Nature Island Literary Festival, Dominica, 2012.
The author introductions at the Anguilla Lit Fest …that’s J. Ivy and his wife to my right. 2015.
with more writers and editors in Anguilla in 2015.
A panel at the ABILF, around 2007 or 2008 with Elizabeth Nunez and Linda Duggins and in the next picture Eric Jerome Dickey.
with Trinidadian writer Sharon Millar at the V I Lit Fest 2015.
Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris was my mentor during my University of the West Indies days. Ran in to him and had the opportunity to take another of his workshops 2012 at the Nature Island Literary Festival.
with Earl Lovelace in Guadeloupe for the Caribbean Congress of Writers (2013).
So many laughs with St. Lucian poet and playwright Kendel Hippolyte at the Caribbean Congress of Writers in Guadeloupe (2013).
Me with Jamaica Kincaid and Jamaican writer Opal Palmer Adisa at the V I Lit Fest 2015.
Me with my writing group at the Breadloaf Writers Conference in Vermont 2008. Our workshop leader was Ursula Hegi, centre, and I was one of two fellows – the other was Will Allison, back row right.
The official photo of Breadloaf fellows 2008…see if you recognize any of your favourite writers.
with Hungarian writer and Festival and Programs Director at PEN America, László Jakab Orsós, 2014.
At the PEN World Voices Festival, 2014, with Vanessa Manko (author of The Invention of Exile).
at the Anguilla Literary Jollification with Marilyn Hodge, Rhoda Arrindell and chair Rita Celestine-Carty. 2015.
with Antiguan and Barbudan writers D. Gisele Isaac and Barbara Arrindell, 2008, at the Moonlight Street Fair organized by Arrindell’s Best of Books in celebration of my book Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. Isaac, left, is the author of Considering Venus and the films The Sweetest Mango and No Seed; and Arrindell, right, has written the children’s books My Antigua and The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories.
This is not technically a literary event but close enough – it’s a candid for rehearsals for When a Woman Moans, a theatrical production put on by Women of Antigua. Usually behind the pen, I am pictured here with another of the actors Floree Williams (Antiguan and Barbudan author of Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses). Sometime between 2008 and 2012.
The Burt Awards panel at the Bocas Literary Festival in 2014 – that’s winner A-dziko Gegele, far left, and far right, fellow finalist Colleen Smith-Dennis, both Jamaican writers.
with A-dZiko Gegele in Trinidad, 2014.
My first ever writing workshop – 1995 – with other Caribbean writers – University of Miami. Facilitated by Olive Senior, seated, centre.
The inaugural Friends of Antigua Public Library author-in-residence programme in New York, 2007. My interviewer for the evening was Monica Matthew, author of Journeycakes.
With Althea Romeo Mark – Antiguan born writer now resident in Switzerland, and Brenda Lee Browne – British born with Antiguan roots and resident in Antigua – 2015 at the Antigua Conference.
with late Antiguan and Barbudan calypso writer Marcus Christopher who came out for the midnight launch of my novel Oh Gad! in 2012. It meant a lot to see him there and to have him call some weeks later to tell me how much he loved the book. May he rest in peace.
Check Guyanese writer Ruel Johnson flashing signs. This is January 2016 and we are gathered at Moray House in Guyana – where we spent a week at a CaribLit organized fiction editing workshop – for an author reading. Next to Ruel, who’s next to me, is Jane King and, next to her, Kim Dismont Robinon – of St. Lucia and Bermuda, respectively. In the back row are the BVI’s Richard Georges, Jamaica’s Tanya Batson-Savage, and Barbados’ Nailah Imoja.
With Sharon Millar, Tiphanie Yanique, and Gillian Royes at the V I Lit Fest 2015.
Antiguan writers and friends out to support British author Elaine Spires’ book launch – 2014.
With educators and other participating writers in St. Croix during a schools tour at the Virgin Islands Literary Festival. 2015.
Reading at Sugar Ridge with fellow Antiguan and Barbudan writers, Brenda Lee Browne and Kimolisa Mings. 2018.
This is just me fan-girling (with Colin Channer) and I had to work up the nerve to talk to him, much less ask him for a picture. This was 2007 at the Calabash Lit Fest in Jamaica.
With Mario Picayo, publisher of With Grace and an author in his own right. 2017.
author supporting author – Floree Williams Whyte holding a copy of my book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure and me holding a copy of her book The Wonderful World of Yohan. 2017.
with Geoffrey Philp, 2018, at the Miami Book Fair.
in a session at the Caribbean Writers Congress with St. Lucian writer McDonald Dixon. 2013.
2013 at the Caribbean Congress of Writers in Guadeloupe. pictured writers include Earl Lovelace, Lawrence Scott, Leone Ross, among others.
with St. Lucian writer John Robert Lee at the Caribbean Congress of Writers, 2013.
Kendel Hippolyte, St. Lucian poet and dramatist. 2013.
schools panel in Antigua with Natasha Lightfoot in 2016.
radio appearance in 2019 with D. Gisele Isaac.
Brooklyn Book Fair panel with Ian Maloney, Mark McGevna, and Tanwi Nandini Islam. 2015.
with Bernice McFadden and A-dZiko Simba Gegele at the BIM Lit Fest 2016.
with authors like Olive Senior, Tanya Shirley, Esther Phillip, A-dZiko Gegele, Mervyn Morris, and Bernice McFadden at the BIM Fest in 2016. Pictured with the Prime Minister at his official residence.
with Mervyn Morris in BIM, 2016.
with Olive Senior, 2016, in Barbados; my first time seeing her since University of Miami in 1995.
with Shakirah Bourne in BIM, 2016
with Linisa George, Brenda Lee Browne, Floree Williamms… 2013 (?) at the Best of Books.
another Best of Books promo event 2018 with Brenda Lee Browne and Kimolisa Mings.
with Elizabeth Nunez, 2015, in Anguilla
2018 at a workshop in Barbados with Alexia Tolas, Sharma Taylor, Shakirah Bourne, Naila Imoja, Jacob Ross, and others.
a panel at the first Antigua Barbuda International Literary Festival in 2006 – Althea Prince, Elizabeth Nunes, Verna Wilkins, Nalo Hopkins, Marie Elena John, and me.
with Gisele Isaac at an even headlined by Elizabeth Nunez in Antigua