Joanne C. Hillhouse
Antiguan and Barbudan Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of Musical Youth (CaribbeanReads) - a 2014 Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean fiction, Oh Gad! (Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster) - a 2014 recommendation on NPR's Weekend Reads, The Boy from Willow Bend (Macmillan/Hansib), Fish Outta Water (Pearson), and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (a new 10th anniversary edition of which was published by Insomniac in 2014). Her fiction also appears in the anthologies Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (Peekash), So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing (A Different Publisher), In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac Press) and For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (Black Classic Press/MZWrightNow Publications). She is included in the African American Literary Awards winning collection A Letter for My Mother (Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster).
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals including Artemis, Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women, Tongues of the Ocean, Mythium: the Journal of Contemporary Literature, The Missing Slate, Ma ComÃ¨re: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, The Caribbean Writer, Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings,SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, Poui: the Cave Hill Literary Annual, Womanspeak, and more. Hillhouse's awards include Breadloaf, Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute, and Callaloo fellowships, the David Hough Literary Prize, and a UNESCO Honour Award for contribution to literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. In 2014, she placed second for the inaugural Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature; with her manuscript Musical Youth. She's founder and co-ordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize - - promoting the literary arts among young people in Antigua and Barbuda. She works as a freelance writer and editor.