Joanne C. Hillhouse

Poet, Fiction Writer

Antigua and Barbuda
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Author's Bio

Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of eight books of fiction – children’s picture books Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (which has a Spanish language edition !Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe),  With Grace (a Caribbean fairytale which was a 2017 pick for the USVI Governor’s Summer Read Challenge), The Jungle Outside (published by Harper Collins as part of a series of #ownvoices Caribbean titles that are part of its Big Cat line of children's books), and in 2023 To be a Cheetah; teen/young adult books Musical Youth (finalist for the Burt Award and a Kirkus Best of 2020 pick, also Kirkus starred review) and first book The Boy from Willow Bend - both on schools reading lists in Antigua and Barbuda and  the Caribbean; and adult contemporary novels Dancing Nude in the Moonlight and Oh Gad! (a 2014 Weekend Reads pick on NPR).  Joanne has also been published in numerous journals and anthologies including NAACP Image award nominated New Daughters of Africa and its abridged German anthology Neue Tochter Afrikas (2023), critically acclaimed Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean, and African American Literary Award winning Letter for My Mother. Her characters have been described as "believable and complex" and their stories "compelling". Her writing is said to be "descriptive and poignant", and "powerful and honest" For more visit http://jhohadli.wordpress.com or http://www.facebook.com/JoanneCHillhouse Also check out her literary blog http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com, home of the Wadadli Pen writing programme for young people she started in Antigua and Barbuda in 2004.

 

Literary agent: 
The Sara Camilli Agency

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

Anthologies:
New Daughters of Africa (HarperCollins Publishers, 2019)
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Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (Akashic Books, 2016)
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A Letter for My Mother (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
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Round My Christmas Tree (CaribbeanReads, 2014)
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In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac Press, 2012)
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For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (Black Classic Press, 2012)
Books:
The Jungle Outside (Harper Collins, 2021)
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¡perdida! Una Aventura En El Mar Caribe (CaribbeanReads, 2018)
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Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (CaribbeanReads, 2017)
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With Grace (Editorial Campana, 2016)
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Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (Insomniac Press, 2014)
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Musical Youth (CaribbeanReads, 2014)
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Fish Outta Water (Pearson Education, 2013)
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Oh Gad! (Simon & Schuster, 2012)
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The Boy from Willow Bend (Hansib, 2009)
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Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (Macmillan, 2004)
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The Boy from Willow Bend (Macmillan, 2003)
Journals:
Adda
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BIM: Arts for the 21st Century
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Munyori Literary Journal
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PEN America
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Poui
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Sea Breeze: A Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writing
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St. Somewhere Journal
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The Caribbean Writer
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The Machinery
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Tongues of the Ocean
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Women Writers

Poetry

Journals:
Artemis
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BIM: Arts for the 21st Century
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Calabash
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Ma Comère
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Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature

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sx salon
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The Caribbean Writer
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Tongues of the Ocean
Prizes won: 

Anthony N. Sabga Award for Caribbean Excellence (Arts and Letters Laureate) (2023), Plaque for commitment to literacy in Antigua and Barbuda from the Antigua Film Academy (2022), OECS RemLit Journalist Challenge (3rd placed in 2021), Longlisted for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean (2020, 2021, 2023), Rebel Women Lit Caribbean Readers Awards Honoree of 2020 (2021), Musical Youth named one of Kirkus Reviews Best of 2020 (2020), Catapult Caribbean Creative Arts grant recipient (2020, 2022), Women of Wadadli Award for contribution to Literature (2020), TCW Flash Fiction prize (2015), Honourable Mention - Desi Writers Lounge Short Story Competition (2014), Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Award (2014), Burt Award for Caribbean teen/young adult Fiction - 2nd Place (2014), Short listed for the Small Axe Fiction prize (2012, 2013), selected for the Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University (2012), David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer (USVI)(2011), International Fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College (USA)(2008), UNESCO Honour Award (Antigua)(2004), selected for the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute at University of Miami (1995)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Transfer by Apple Gidley, Nightmare Island by Shakirah Bourne, Crossing Over by Ann Morgan, Fortune by Amanda Smyth, The Illustrated Story of Pan by Kim Johnson, Dangerous Freedom by Lawrence Scott, Restore Reclaim Return by Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Black, Caribbean
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Antigua and Barbuda
Raised in: 
Antigua and Barbuda
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Last update: Sep 20, 2023