The Team

Editor-in-Chief

ANNIE PAUL is a writer and critic based at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she is head of Publications at SALISES and managing editor of the journal Social and Economic Studies. Editor-in-chief of the new online magazine of writing PREE (preelit.com) and a founding editor of  Small Axe she has been published in international journals and magazines such as Newsweek International, the Guardian (UK), Chimurenga, The Caravan (India), Slavery & Abolition, Art Journal, South Atlantic Quarterly, Wasafiri, Callaloo, and Bomb and a range of art books and catalogues such as the Brooklyn Museum’s Infinite Island and Documenta11’s Creolite and Creolization. She is on the board of the National Gallery of Jamaica and has published extensively on art. Paul was born in India and is author of the blog Active Voice (anniepaul.net). You can follow her on Twitter @anniepaul.

Editors

DIANA McCAULAY is a Jamaican writer and environmental activist. She has written four novels, Dog-Heart, Huracan, Gone to Drift and White Liver Gal. Dog-Heart was shortlisted for the Guyana Prize; both Dog-Heart and Huracan were shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize for International Writing and both Dog-Heart and Gone to Drift were longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. Gone to Drift placed second in the Burt Prize for Caribbean Literature, won the Lignum Vitae Vic Reid Award in 2015. McCaulay also won the Hollick Arvon Prize for Caribbean writing in 2014, for her non-fiction work-in-progress Loving Jamaica: a memoir of place and (not) belonging. Her short fiction has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Granta On Line, Fleeting Magazine, The Caribbean Writer, Afro-Beat and Lifestyle Magazine. She was the regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2012, for her short story The Dolphin Catchers. You can follow her on Twitter @dmccaulay.

ISIS SEMAJ-HALL is a decolonial feminist, cultural analyst, and bad gyal Ph.D. Her curiosity is piqued at the intersection of art and politics.Shaped by her Jamaican childhood and New York adolescence, she has been known to write on sound studies and remix theory, Rihanna, Protoje, Edwidge Danticat, Marlon James, dub, and dancehall. Semaj-Hall is the author of the “write pon di riddim” blog and she lectures in Caribbean writing, reggae poetry, and popular culture at the University of the West Indies, Mona. See her on Instagram @riddim.writer or chat with her on Twitter @isissemajhall.

GARNETTE CADOGAN is an essayist. He is editor-at-large for Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and writes about culture and the arts for various publications. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and a 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Jamaica, he’s now a New Yorker who is found as often in other cities as much as the one he calls home.

ANU LAKHAN will write many things and edit everything. She lives in Trinidad and Tobago with an increasing number of animals. Her poetry, short fiction and book reviews have appeared in Bomb MagazineCaribbean BeatThe Caribbean Review of BooksSX SalonWasafiri, among others. She has been writing about food for almost 20  years: a column for Caribbean Beat started it off, followed by a book on Trinidad street food (also series editor for Macmillan’s Caribbean Street Food). The most recent features have been for Explore Parts Unknown, the web companion to Anthony Bourdain’s show.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, IVETTE ROMERO has always considered herself to be an islander. Her interest in exploring her family’s diverse Caribbean and trans-Atlantic roots, led her to reroute the path of her doctoral studies in French literature (at Cornell University) towards a comparative exploration of Caribbean literatures and cultures. She is professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Marist College, where she teaches Latin American literature, cultures, and cinema. Her research interests include Caribbean testimonial narrative, women’s studies, and visual arts. Her work has been published in journals such as Anales del CaribeCallalooMango SeasonNineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, and Sargasso. She has co-edited two volumes with Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, Women at Sea: Travel Writing and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse (2001) and Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures (2008). Currently, she is writing a book on aesthetic responses to AIDS in the Caribbean.

DONNA HEMANS is the author of River Woman. In 2015, she won the Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award for Adult Literature for her unpublished manuscript Tea by the Sea. Donna’s short fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Wasafiri Online, Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, MaComere: The Journal of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, THEMA, Witness, and the anthology Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad.

She was the 2007-2008 Black Mountain Institute (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) International Women’s Forum Fellow and twice served as the Lannan Visiting Creative Writer in Residence at Georgetown University. In 2015, she served as writer-in-residence at the University of the District of Columbia. In addition, Donna has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Prince George’s County Arts Council, as well as residential fellowships from Hedgebrook, Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

YVONNE SINGH is a journalist, writer and editor who has spent more than two decades working in national newspapers and magazines. She has written reportage and features for the Guardian, The Mirror, Evening Standard and The Observer and was a staff journalist at the Guardian for many years and the paper’s Assistant Letters Editor.

 

The Team. Issue 1. Crossroads.

Publisher

SHARMAINE LOVEGROVE is the Publisher of Dialogue Books the UK’s only inclusive imprint, part of Little, Brown Book Group and Hachette UK. Prior to going in-house Sharmaine was the Co-Founder and Publishing Director of Dialogue Scouting, the UK’s first book to film & TV scouting consultancy as well as being Literary Editor at ELLE magazine. Her path is drawn from all things innovative in storytelling and in 2008 Sharmaine set up her own bookshop as well as a creative agency in Berlin having worked previously in PR, bookselling, event management and digital consultancy and magazine publishing. Home is London and her roots are Jamaican and stories make her part of the world.  You can follow her on twitter @sharlovegrove

Editor-in-Chief

ANNIE PAUL is a writer and critic based at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she is head of the Publications Section at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies. Author of a weekly column in the Jamaica Gleaner and Editor of the book Caribbean Culture: Soundings on Kamau Brathwaite Paul is the recipient of a grant from the Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands). Paul serves on the board of the National Gallery of Jamaica. She is a founding editor of the journal Small Axe and the original Caribbean Review of Books; and has been published in international journals and magazines such as Newsweek International, the Guardian (UK), Chimurenga, The Caravan (India), Slavery & Abolition, Art Journal, South Atlantic Quarterly, Wasafiri, Callaloo, and Bomb. Paul was born in India and is author of the blog Active Voice (anniepaul.net). You can follow her on Twitter @anniepaul.

Editors

DIANA McCAULAY is a Jamaican writer and environmental activist. She has written four novels, Dog-Heart, Huracan, Gone to Drift and White Liver Gal. Dog-Heart was shortlisted for the Guyana Prize; both Dog-Heart and Huracan were shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize for International Writing and both Dog-Heart and Gone to Drift were longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. Gone to Drift placed second in the Burt Prize for Caribbean Literature, won the Lignum Vitae Vic Reid Award in 2015. McCaulay also won the Hollick Arvon Prize for Caribbean writing in 2014, for her non-fiction work-in-progress Loving Jamaica: a memoir of place and (not) belonging. Her short fiction has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Granta On Line, Fleeting Magazine, The Caribbean Writer, Afro-Beat and Lifestyle Magazine. She was the regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2012, for her short story The Dolphin Catchers. You can follow her on Twitter @dmccaulay.

ISIS SEMAJ-HALL is a decolonial feminist, cultural analyst, and bad gyal Ph.D. Her curiosity is piqued at the intersection of art and politics.Shaped by her Jamaican childhood and New York adolescence, she has been known to write on sound studies and remix theory, Rihanna, Protoje, Edwidge Danticat, Marlon James, dub, and dancehall. Semaj-Hall is the author of the “write pon di riddim” blog and she lectures in Caribbean writing, reggae poetry, and popular culture at the University of the West Indies, Mona. See her on Instagram @riddim.writer or chat with her on Twitter @isissemajhall.

GARNETTE CADOGAN is an essayist. He is editor-at-large for Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and writes about culture and the arts for various publications. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and a 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Jamaica, he’s now a New Yorker who is found as often in other cities as much as the one he calls home.

Creative Director

NERYS HUDSON mainly reads, but sometimes writes and designs as well. Generally, she is happiest when working with stories.