Joanne C. Hillhouse

Poet, Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (which has a Spanish language edition !Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe), Musical Youth - which placed 2nd for the 2014 Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction and is, as of 2018, on schools readings lists in Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad, Oh Gad! - a 2014 Weekend Reads pick on NPR, The Boy from Willow Bend - which is on the schools' reading list in Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight - a 10th anniversary edition of which was released in 2014, and With Grace (a Caribbean Fairytale) which was a 2017 pick for the USVI Governor's Summer Read Challenge. She has also been published in numerous journals and anthologies including New Daughters of Africa sequel to the seminal global publication Daughters of Africa, critically acclaimed Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean and award winning Letter for My Mother - both released in 2014. 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:
¡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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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: 

Winner of 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), 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 to participate in the Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University (2012) and the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute at University of Miami (1995)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, London Rocks by Brenda Lee Browne, New Daughters of the Dust by Margaret Busby (editor), The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Inferno by Dan Brown, Wartime at Woolworths by Elaine Everest, Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Black
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Antigua and Barbuda
Raised in: 
Antigua and Barbuda
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Last update: May 23, 2019