Joanne Hillhouse

Caribbean Young Adult Literature, Shortlisted, 2014

Joanne C. Hillhouse, named in Literary Hub in 2018 as one of ’10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know (And Add To Your American Lit Syllabus)’, is an Antiguan and Barbudan writer.  In 2014, she placed second overall for the inaugural Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature in 2014 for a manuscript Musical Youth, published later that year by Caribbean Reads. She was also invited by Burt sponsors, CODE, to organize and facilitate a writing workshop in 2014 and to act as a mentor for the Africa leg of the prize in 2017-2018; and by Bocas, through whom the prize is offered, to serve on the 2015 judging panel. Her earliest books were The Boy from Willow Bend (Macmillan, UK, 2002; Hansib, UK, 2009) and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight /Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (Macmillan, UK, 2003/Insomniac, Canada, 2014).  Oh Gad! (Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster, USA, 2012) was Joanne’s first full length novel. In 2014, it was spotlighted on National Public Radio (NPR) in the US. Joanne has also ventured into the children’s picture book market with her Caribbean fairytale With Grace  and the aquatic adventure Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure. The latter has been described by Kirkus Reviews as “an appealing book, all the more so for being based on real life”. Among the anthologies in which Joanne’s work has featured is Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (Peekash, USA, 2014) – her story from this collection (Amelia at Devil’s Bridge) was also shortlisted for the Small Axe fiction prize and subsequently excerpted in Harper Collins’ CSEC Revision Guide for English A. She has published poetry and fiction in several other Caribbean and international journals and anthologies. Joanne has a degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies and has worked in media for many years. At this writing, she has been freelancing for some time as a writer and editor, writing coach, and course/workshop facilitator. Joanne has won several literary fellowships and awards over the years, and has participated in literary activities within and beyond the Caribbean. Her voluntary activities include the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com) which she founded in 2004 to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. Find her online athttp://jhohadli.wordpress.com

Caribbean Young Adult Literature, Shortlisted, 2014

Musical Youth

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Joanne C. Hillhouse, named in Literary Hub in 2018 as one of ’10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know (And Add To Your American Lit Syllabus)’, is an Antiguan and Barbudan writer.  In 2014, she placed second overall for the inaugural Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature in 2014 for a manuscript Musical Youth, published later that year by Caribbean Reads. She was also invited by Burt sponsors, CODE, to organize and facilitate a writing workshop in 2014 and to act as a mentor for the Africa leg of the prize in 2017-2018; and by Bocas, through whom the prize is offered, to serve on the 2015 judging panel. Her earliest books were The Boy from Willow Bend (Macmillan, UK, 2002; Hansib, UK, 2009) and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight /Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (Macmillan, UK, 2003/Insomniac, Canada, 2014).  Oh Gad! (Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster, USA, 2012) was Joanne’s first full length novel. In 2014, it was spotlighted on National Public Radio (NPR) in the US. Joanne has also ventured into the children’s picture book market with her Caribbean fairytale With Grace  and the aquatic adventure Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure. The latter has been described by Kirkus Reviews as “an appealing book, all the more so for being based on real life”. Among the anthologies in which Joanne’s work has featured is Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (Peekash, USA, 2014) – her story from this collection (Amelia at Devil’s Bridge) was also shortlisted for the Small Axe fiction prize and subsequently excerpted in Harper Collins’ CSEC Revision Guide for English A. She has published poetry and fiction in several other Caribbean and international journals and anthologies. Joanne has a degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies and has worked in media for many years. At this writing, she has been freelancing for some time as a writer and editor, writing coach, and course/workshop facilitator. Joanne has won several literary fellowships and awards over the years, and has participated in literary activities within and beyond the Caribbean. Her voluntary activities include the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com) which she founded in 2004 to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. Find her online athttp://jhohadli.wordpress.com

Caribbean Young Adult Literature, Shortlisted, 2014

Musical Youth

E-Book