• This and that

    Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Now Open for Submissions

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Now in its fifth year, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. CaribbeanReads has had the pleasure of publishing two Burt Award winners, 2nd place winner in 2014 Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse and 3rd place winner in 2016 The Protectors’ Pledge by Danielle Y. C. McClean. This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CDN, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CDN each. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and…

  • Short Stories

    Blood Rising

    I submitted this short story for the National Caribbean American Heritage Month and it was chosen to be posted. The theme was: Losing and Rediscovering Caribbean Identity Abroad. Enjoy. This is where it was posted. Also check out the poem by my long-time friend Nneka Edwards. Here is the link to the actual story.

  • Short Stories

    Calabash 2014

    I have been interested in attending this literary event for many years. It seems like a wonderful meeting of like-minded individuals wanting to discuss, learn about, and promote Caribbean literature. Unfortunately I missed it once again, I seem to be getting all of the publicity about it after the fact, but I will put it on my calendar for 2016, and make every effort to make the trip. Here are a couple of articles describing the just concluded event. Jamaica’s Calabash Goes Globalishus Jamaica Literary Festival Draws Top-Flight Authors

  • On Writing,  This and that

    Taking Caribbean Stories to the Stars!

    I’m really looking forward to attending WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest in NYC this weekend. I just read an article by Kellie Magnus, my co-panelist and I loved the quote “Caribbean stories deserve a place in the multi-billion dollar children’s book market.” Join us at CUNY this weekend.

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    Equal pay for equal work

    When you work for yourself, especially if you are providing a service in which the raw materials of your craft are primarily intellectual, you will inevitably (read often) be asked to work for free. In fact, you are lucky if the person even acknowledges that they should expect to pay for the services. This article contains very professional ways to approach these requests that you work for free.

  • On Writing,  This and that

    Image, Then and Now

    The first time I picked up The Giving Tree, I reacted very strongly to the author’s photo on the back. I thought, “This must be an excellent book, because the author is a scary looking guy!” And it was true. Shel Silverstein became one of my favorite children’s books authors. I thought about him this morning as I got ready to go to a bookstore to discuss doing a book reading there. The Giving Tree was written more than fifty years ago, and I wonder how Mr. Silverstein, who seems rather reluctant to be photographed, would have fared today when everything is recorded and immediately disseminated.