Summer Edward

Philadelphia, PA

Author's Bio

Summer Edward was born and raised in Trinidad. She works as a writer, children's editor, consultant, reviewer and children's literacy specialist. She received an M.Ed. in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and founded Anansesem Caribbean children's literature ezine. She has served as Chair of the judging panel for the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature. In 2014, she attended Naomi Jackson's Literary Boot Camp for Women Writers of Color at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of residencies and awards from the Highlights Foundation, the Roothbert Fund, the Cropper Foundation, the School of the Free Mind and the Tengo Sed Costa Rica Writers Retreat. Her work has appeared in Caribbean and international journals such as Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, sx salon, The Columbia Review, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora and others. She was shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and was recently one of the invited "Who's Next?" writers at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. Her poetry and illustration for children was anthologized in Whaleheart: Journey into the Night with Maya Christina Gonzalez and 23 Courageous Artist Authors (Reflection Press). She writes for both children and adults. She lived in the United States for a decade and now divides her time between Philadelphia and Trinidad.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies: 
New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean
(Akashic Books, 2016)
Journals: 
ALTARWORK, BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, Duende, Moko, Nat. Brut, Negative Capability, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, sx salon, The Caribbean Writer, Ekphrastic Review, The Missing Slate, Tongues of the Ocean

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Caribbean American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Teachers
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Trinidad and Tobago
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Last updated: Sep 01, 2018