Our Authors

Opal Palmer Adisa

Opal Palmer Adisa, Ph.D, is writer of both poetry and prose, Adisa is an educator and cultural activist, as well as a photographer, playwright and theatre director. Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout the Caribbean, United States, South Africa, East and West Africa as well as throughout Europe. An award-winning poet and prose writer, Adisa has more than twenty titles to her credit Her work has been reviewed by Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and Alice Walker (Color Purple) who described her work as “solid, visceral, important
stories written with integrity and love.”

Her poetry, stories, essays, and articles have been collected in over 400 journals, anthologies and other publications, including Essence Magazine. Adisa is the founder and editor of Interviewing the Caribbean, an annual journal of poetry, prose, art, and interviews.

Opal’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Dance Quadrille, Play Quelbe
Look! A Moko Jumbie
Love’s Promise

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Martha Blanchard

Martha Blanchard is a St. Lucian author and playwright. The Plum Tree is her first novel. Martha’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
The Plum Tree

Jewel A. Daniel

St. Kitts born Jewel is a cell biologist, author and educator who loves to combine her love for science and books to teach kids about the exciting microscopic world of the cell. She already has three publications under her belt, A Marriage of Convenience, Holiday Brides, and Pretty Little Liars: Indiscretion. Zapped is her first children’s novel. Jewel’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Hurricane of the Heart

David Edgecombe

Montserrat-born David Edgecombe wrote over a dozen plays which have been staged throughout the Caribbean, in Canada, and in Nigeria. His plays, whether humorous or dramatic, take a subtle yet acute look at Caribbean domestic life, politics, and social issues. David’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Lady of Parham
For Better For Worse
Strong Currents
Hubert Harrison

Heidi Fagerberg

Heidi holds degrees in Early Childhood Development, Education and Human Services. She was born and raised in Irvington, New York. She has since lived in Delaware, Costa Rica and now has her home on St Kitts, a small island in the Caribbean. Currently she is working on additional books and developing project based curriculum for the Living the Beach Life series. Throughout her life Heidi has been dedicated to caring for and educating the young and old alike. In 2008, she founded the St. Kitts Sailing School and during the time that the school was in operation she interacted with and cared for the characters in her books. She has taken a keen interest in orphaned animals and has adopted some of her own. Her love of photography and writing was rekindled by the beautiful Island on which she lives and the animals she loves. This has led her to the creation of the series – Living the Beach Life.

Also check out her Amazon Author Page.

Heidi’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Belly Full Soup
Sweet Victory
Jam and Juice
The Crumb Bunch
The Crumb Bunch Activity Book

Living the Beach Life Series:
Lion Paw and Oliver, An Unexpected Friendship (Book 1)
Remember When, Wilbur the Beach Pig (Book 2)
Oliver and Friends (Book 3)

June Frederick

June Frederick is a St. Lucian cultural activist and educator. She is passionate about the development of youngsters in the arts and traditional Masquerade. She believes that the arts provide invaluable disciplines for life while providing youngsters with skills for theatre, and that learning about one’s culture and participating in traditional arts instills a sense of national pride that nothing else can teach. June’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Traditional Masquerade of Saint Lucia: Characters and Costumes * Music and Dances * Chants and Rituals

Juleus Ghunta

Juleus Ghunta is a Jamaican poet, motivational speaker, and recipient of a Chevening Scholarship. He is pursuing MA Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. In 2010, he earned a BA in Media from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Ghunta’s poetry has appeared in several journals including The Missing Slate, Moko, Spillway, Easy Street, Chiron Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and has been anthologised in Cordite 81: New Caribbean Writing and In This Breadfruit Kingdom. He was awarded the Catherine James Poetry Prize by Interviewing the Caribbean in 2018. In 2015 and 2016 he was shortlisted for the Small Axe Poetry Prize.
Read some of his interviews and features of his CaribbeanReads’ books here.
Juleus’ CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Tata and the Big Bad Bull
Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows

Joanne C. Hillhouse

Joanne C. Hillhouse is the Antiguan and Barbudan author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad! Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in various international journals and anthologies. Joanne lives in Antigua and from there she freelances across borders as a writer, editor, and writing coach; and runs the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize writing programme to nurture and showcase the literary arts.

Read more about Joanne’s work at wadadlipen.wordpress.com and jhohadli.wordpress.com

Joanne’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure
¡Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe
Musical Youth

Joan Mallalieu

Mrs. Joan Mallalieu is one of St. Kitts’ best known artists. She holds a B.A. Fine Arts. She has been recognised as a Patron of the Arts in St. Kitts and has been awarded the National Award for the Development of Arts and Crafts. Joan’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
A Colouring Book Tour of St. Kitts and Nevis

Lynelle A. Martin

At the time of her first publication, Lynelle was a rising middle school student with an avid interest in science and adventure. Lynelle’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles

Danielle Y. C. McClean

Danielle Y. C. McClean is an author, a translator, and an interpreter. She has degrees in French, Spanish, and law, and is passionate about language, folklore, mythology, and foreign cultures. Originally from the Caribbean republic of Trinidad and Tobago, she currently lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. You can visit her online at www.daniellemcclean.com. Danielle’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
The Protectors’ Pledge

Carol Ottley-Mitchell

St. Kitts-Nevis born Carol Mitchell loves books and she loves kids. Writing children’s books has given her the ability to combine both of these passions. She enjoys entertaining children and positively impacting their lives. She also finds that writing for children is just plain fun and gives her an excuse to think like a child once more.

Read more about Carol on her blog.

Carol’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Another Day
Barberry Hill
Caribbean Adventure Series:
Adventure at Brimstone Hill
Pirates at Port Royal
Trapped in Dunstan’s Cave
Fury on Soufriere Hills
Chee Chee’s Adventure Series
Chee Chee in Paradise
Chee Chee’s Big Plan
Chee Chee’ Lost Paradise
Chee Chee Fights Back
Chee Chee Finds Home
The Complete Collection of Chee Chee’s Adventures
Chee Chee Makes Music
Marvin and the Race to the Nest
The Masquerade Dance
‘Round My Christmas Tree (Various authors)

Derry Sandy

Trinidadian born Derry Sandy is a corporate lawyer barred in New York and living in Washington DC. He is new to creative writing—his previous writing credentials include articles for the Howard University Hilltop and legal briefs, articles and analyses written at his firm and at New York University School of Law where he received his J.D. Derry’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Greyborn Rising

Amanda Smyth

Amanda Smyth is Irish-Trinidadian and was educated in England. Her first novel, Black Rock (Serpent’s Tail), won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger 2010, and was selected for Waterstones New Voices in 2009. It was also chosen for Oprah’s Summer Reads for 2009, shortlisted for NAACP award and the McKitterick prize. Amanda’s second novel, A Kind of Eden was published in July 2013 by Serpent’s Tail. She teaches Creative Writing at Arvon and Skyros. The Blessing of Charlie Sand is her first children’s book. Amanda’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
The Blessing of Charlie Sand

Jazey Wallace-Samuel

Jazey Wallace-Samuel has been writing poetry and short stories all of her life. She came up with the idea of creating Smile Bright, a fun dental story for children, while working as a Certified Dental Assistant in her homeland of St Vincent & the Grenadines. Smile Bright is her first publication. Jazey’s CaribbeanReads’ Titles
The Angry Sun
Smile Bright

Travis Weekes

Dr. Travis Weekes is a Saint Lucian poet and dramatist and a lecturer in Theatre at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts UWI, Saint Augustine. Other plays by Dr. Weekes include Stepping Out, Doing it for Kenna, In Memoriam, and The Snake Exterminator. Dr. Weekes’ CaribbeanReads’ Titles
Two Plays: The Fight for Belle Vue and The Field of Power

6 Responses to Our Authors

  1. I’ll check out these authors. I’m looking for a quote for my novel!

  2. Hi,
    My children and I are embarking on a project in 2015, “Around the World in 180 books”. This is the follow-on from this year’s project, “Around the World in 180 postcards”. We are desperate for help with sourcing books, written by natives, who preferably are still resident in their home country. They need to be suitable for a girl aged 6 and/or a boy aged 10. We are also happy to include books on the strength of their illustrator only. They do need to be books that have been translated into English. Recommendations from St Kitts and her neighbours much needed. You welcome to look up our current list at our blog.
    Your help, or being pointed towards a resource for help, very very much appreciated.
    Joy, Anna and Tom Leavesley

  3. It’s good that there is a publishing company in the Caribbean that publishes fiction. This is very encouraging for budding writers. I hope you do get the support from our people. Congratulations.

  4. Congratulations for creating this route for Caribbean Writers. I have only just discovered you, but I am sure that we will be working together on a project soon.

  5. Kenicia Borrell

    Greetings, do you have V.S.Reid ….Peter of Mount Ephriam ?

    • Carol Mitchell

      Hi Kenicia, Unfortunately we only ship books we publish. This book was published by Jamaica Publishing House. I don’t know if that company is still in existence but it is listed in the yellow pages. Perhaps if you reach out to Blue Banyan Books which is in Jamaica, they may be able to give you more information.
      Best, Carol

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