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I’ve written for numerous books, websites, and magazines in my 20+ career; tackling a broad range of familiar and unfamiliar topics. My approach is to stimulate my interest and inform myself as I wade in so that I can communicate it to the reader in a way that stimulates and interests them. I’ve written travel pieces, industry articles (across several industries), profiles, historical and research-heavy pieces, pieces related to health and education, politics and even sports, pop culture and entertainment pieces, opinions, and much more. That said, my sweet spot is social, cultural, environmental, and artistic issues, ideally with a human interest angle. Publications have ranged from tourism coffee table books to in-flight magazines to special interest publications to lifestyle magazines to general news publications. Some have been local, some Caribbean, some hemispheric (Americas), some North American, and beyond. See some examples below – click links or images to read samples:
A Little Bit of Paradise (later commissioned as copy editor)
Altitude – covering Caribbean art, cultural events, and (as pictured) destinations:
Américas (<–Racing Toward Survival + Antiguas-literary-fest-continues-to-grow-in-americas-magazine)
The Antigua Sailing Week Magazine:
The Antigua and Barbuda Calypsonians’ Association 50th anniversary publication (also served as editor)…including articles on Calypso Jim, Calypso Joe, Franco, Short Shirt, Swallow, Onyan, Ivena
The Antigua and Barbuda Carnival magazine
The Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival magazine:
The Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books:
Feeling the GHETTO VIBES
…Tourist Leggo. The music, from the first note, is joyful and buoyant and Short Shirt’s pre-emptive bellow lays the foundation for a rousing good time, while the superior ability of the lyricist is reflected in the tightly woven storytelling amidst the bacchanal.
The Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Magazine
The Antigua and Barbuda Sports Network
Black Girl in the Ring – personal essay: She had to
Business Focus Antigua:
Caribbean Beach News:
The Antigua Dance Academy: It Starts with the Drum:
Veronica Yearwood was already an adult when she accompanied her big sister to a dance class in 1981. She took to it, but what she couldn’t take was the “bad discipline and erratic behaviour” even at the level of the since-stalled National Dance Theatre. “When I came back from studying, I was not satisfied,” Yearwood explains. Her journey wouldn’t have happened without her mother Mignon Yearwood, the lady they all call “gran-gran,” who died in the past year. “She was the one that said to me, go for it,” Yearwood recalls.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Team Wadadli — Dr Nicholas Fuller, age sixty-four; Rowan “Archie” Bailey, fifty; John Desmond “JD” Hall, twenty-nine; and Peter Smith, seventy-four — braved the self-described “world’s toughest row.” They journeyed 2,600 nautical miles, from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, in Wa’omani, a boat no longer than seven metres, no broader than two. They made the Guinness Book of World Records (twice!) while doing so, and they’re the only Caribbean team, to date, to take the challenge, which has attracted rowers from around the globe.
Need for speed: Renée “Buttaz” Edwards and Lisa “Lisalis” Abraham:
Antigua is already a popular drag racing spot, Lisalis says, for its competitiveness, location, and vibes. With investment in a track, one of her major goals, it could be even more so. To some, drag racing is too dangerous — one reason they might think it’s not for women. But, Lisalis counters, “within everything, there is some level of danger . . . if you’re only going to think about the danger, you’re not going to live.”
It started with a Snake:
So there is plenty, both practical and poetic, to recommend the work being done to preserve Great Bird Island, Guiana Island, and more than a dozen other islets near Antigua’s international airport. As Kevel Lindsey says, “The islands preserve and protect unique landscapes that have been lost on most of the mainland: natural aesthetic, wilderness, natural poetry, and a sense of place.” But there’s a financial argument too.
CARICOM Holidays Travel Guide
Caribbean Homes – see my review of The Road to Wadi Halfa on Page 87
Che (my articles in the pictured issue are the cover stories: ‘Jean-Marie Thomas, Fashioning Success’ and ‘The Health Benefits of the Tropical Fruits’)
The CLR James Journal
CMA (read my CMA Carnival-themed articles here cmastuff)
Note: during my time freelancing with Observer (roughly between 2002 and 2014), I earned a 2002 Environmental Journalist of the Year award from the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and Environment (for a piece on the Hawksbill turtle), and certificates of merit for excellence in health journalism – newspaper feature category – from the Pan American Health Organization/Antigua and Barbuda Media Awards for Excellence, 2003 and 2005 (for pieces, respectively, on calypsonian Zero’s battle with HIV/AIDS and a Breast Cancer Survivors series).
Sample (personal essay) – Reflections on Jamaica
Also given my own literary ambitions, Annie John carved out a special place, that in time I came to understand fully. It helped remove bars on my world that were as much my own construction as society’s.
The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda 75th Anniversary Magazine (also served as editor):
The Golden Jubilee Independence Magazine
The King Obstinate 50th Anniversary Magazine
Life in Antigua:
The OECS Advocate
Protestmagazine.com – ‘Where is Storm’s Movie’ excerpt: “As I write this, Black Panther is hyped to tear through the Box Office, and if you know comic lore, you know that T’Challa and Ororo (i.e. Storm) have history – were legally wed even. The series favours strong women – or so the previews suggest – so it has to happen, right? Right?”
The State Insurance Anniversary Magazine
Writer’s Digest: Literature with a Splash of Lime
Zing: the LIAT Inflight Magazine:
‘But easily his most significant creative partnership was the one that followed, with first-cousin Shelly Tobitt, one of the great scribes of Antiguan and Barbudan calypso. “I think the period of collaboration with Shelly produced something unique,” says Paget Henry, Antiguan and Professor of Africana studies at Brown University in the US. Despite the fact that they went on to have a creative falling out and haven’t worked together in a good long while, Short Shirt agrees that “Shelly’s a master”, and that they made some magic together. “He know me, he know my ability, he know my range; what he’d do for me, he couldn’t do for other people,” Short Shirt explains. He describes Shelly as a conscious writer with a good sense of melody; and that combination of conscious writer, conscious artiste, and musical sense, produced some danceable, songs that have resonance to this day.’
My Caribbean Adventure
‘And the truth is, while it feels the good-side-of-dangerous, it never feels unsafe thanks to the safety talk and demonstration you receive before moving out. You’re also well harnessed and kitted out with gloves and helmets, plus there’s a natural breaking mechanism for the times when you can’t remember how to stop! The high point of this particular zipping adventure is ‘The Screamer’ – a line 325 feet long, 300 feet high. By the time you reach it you’ll have conquered a few more manageable lines and feel amped for something more challenging. Your gut will clench as much in trepidation as anticipation, as you leap, open your mouth and “Oooooooooh!”’
For a time, I had a column ‘Creative Space’ in Zing. It can be sampled here:
That one was about mas and Carnival; but I also wrote about French Creole music, Caribbean literature and literary festivals, and film:
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I’ve worked with clients from the financial and business sector to non-profits and cultural entities. Here’s a cross-section:
The ABI Financial Group
The AIDS Secretariat of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua Airport Services
The Antigua and Barbuda Calypsonians’ Association
The Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank
The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association
The Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority
The Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (edits web + newsletter)
The Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation
Antigua Nice editing their weekly e-newsletter and creating content for their website e.g.
“Recycling is relatively new to Antigua and Barbuda, and the ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WASTE RECYCLING CENTRE – a project of the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown – is climbing uphill toward getting everyone on board with its plan to reduce waste. Leading with its tag line, RECYCLING IS A GOOD HABIT, PICK IT UP, the ABWREC has been prodding people in the right direction with activities like recycling competitions and processing and exporting of recyclables dropped off at its Powell’s facility.” Read the rest of this sample in a series of newsletter written and edited for Antigua Nice. Sidebar: the ABWREC tagline was among the text written by me when I was hired to draft media content (jingles, ads etc. for the rollout of its programme to get the community involved in recycling).
The Best of Books
Cable and Wireless
Carib World Travel
The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation
The Catamaran Club
Claudette ‘CP’ Peters
CODE (the non-profit behind the Burt Award for which activities have included judging the Burt Award, organizing and facilitating a workshop, mentoring and editing for a writer from another region)
The Committee to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the British Empire Atlantic Slave Trade (editing newspaper supplement: Toward Reparations Booklet)
The Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Centre
The Da Silvia Group of Companies
The Department of Youth Affairs (Antigua and Barbuda)
Dianne’s Brokerage Services
El A Kru
The Environmental Awareness Group
Environment Division (Antigua and Barbuda)
The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda (sample)
Gray’s Farm Publishing
Great Young Minds
Hansib (A Little Bit of Paradise)
Karib Cable/Kelcom International
Mary Robinette Kowal
Medical Benefits Scheme
The Ministry of Education (Antigua and Barbuda)
Northstar Travel Group
Scenic Tours Antigua
St. John’s Taxi Association
The Teachers’ Cooperative Credit Union
University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Language, Linguistics, and Literature
Various writers, academics, and artistes
The West Indies Cricket Board
West Indies Publishing (Life in Antigua and other publications) & more.
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Services I’ve provided to these clients include:
Book & story editing
Brainstorming and writing public service announcements
Coaching other writers
Conceptualizing and drafting TV and radio ads, segments, series, and documentaries – example this ad for the CFPA:
Crafting anniversary publications
Drafting, editing, and/or critiquing web content (corporate and professional web sites, social networks etc.)
Facilitating courses and writing workshops (fiction and non-fiction; planning and executing)
Judging writing contests
Reviews – book reviews to tourism site reviews
Scripting TV programmes, segments and reports
Writing press releases and other promotional content
Writing and/or editing manuals, research papers, power points, booklets, newsletters, brochures (print and electronic), calendars, corporate reports, content for social change campaigns
Teaching and tutoring (writing, editing, and media and communications)
& more. Also available to discuss ghost writing, content creation, content marketing, branding projects. Bottom line, if it’s writing-related, contact me to discuss your project today.
Projects I’ve worked on: Villas at Sunset promo ad Tourism Channel redraft/edit The Antigua and Barbuda Calypsonians’ Association anniversary publication
*The Antigua and Barbuda News Source Online
Antigua and Barbuda’s newspaper supplement commemorating the bicentenary of the abolition of the British Empire Atlantic Slave Trade
The Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation awareness campaign
The Antiguanice.com weekly e-newsletter
Books by various writers
CFPA’s Fighting AIDS through Training and Education campaign (e.g. Bacchanal Time)
The Daily Observer’s Carnival 50 Arts Anthology – Carnival is all we know
Essential magazine (as part of the Homegrown Publications team)
The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda 75th anniversary magazine
The Offshore Islands Conservation Project
The Scenic Tours Antigua website
The Teachers Cooperative Credit Union anniversary magazine
Teen Talk & more.
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Institutions I’ve taught at and/or programmes I’ve provided writing workshops with:
The American University of Antigua
The Antigua State College
Barbara Arrindell & Associates
Cathodale (the Catholic Diocese of Antigua Advanced Level Programme)
Great Young Minds
The Independence Literary Arts Committee
The Just Write Writers Retreat
The Ministry of Education’s Summer Institute (Antigua and Barbuda)
*The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize
The Youth Department (of Antigua and Barbuda)
& more including my own Jhohadli Writing Project.
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*asterisks = voluntary
This page is specific to projects I’ve worked on for others, primarily paying clients.
In the blogosphere, you’ll find other examples of my writing such as reviews (Curtly Ambrose’s Time to Talk, Sharon Millar, Survivor’s Remorse, Underground, Room and Other Movies) – especially book reviews, perspectives (Many Sides to a Single Story, Writing off the Map), reports (Curtly Ambrose, One Model of Effective Parenting, Community Action in Action), musings (Adventures in Reading with Children, To be Messy is Human), analysis (such as this series on short fiction Caribbean writers), interviews (Sharon Leach, Ann Morgan, Eugenia O’Neal, Joy Lapps, Melissa Gomez, Diana McCaulay), and more (Food as Culture, It’s about Character…really).
Finally, beyond my freelance writing for clients, and blogging, there’s my creative explorations. For more on my own writing, check out the main blog and the links to the left, to the left…