About Summer

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Summer Edward, M.Ed. grew up as a third culture kid in Trinidad and the USA.

An alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, she attended Naomi Jackson's Literary Boot Camp for Women Writers at the Kelly Writers House, and has received writing residencies and awards from the Highlights Foundation, Roothbert Fund, Cropper Foundation, School of the Free Mind and Tengo Sed Costa Rica Writers Retreat.

Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Millions, Horn Book Magazine, The Missing Slate, Nat. Brut, Kweli Journal, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, The Ekphrastic Review, Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, Moko Magazine, sx salon, The Columbia Review, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Duende, Negative Capability Press, Waxwing Literary Journal, Re-Markings, tongues of the ocean and others.

She is a Small Axe Fiction and Poetry Prize shortlistee, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and was selected for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s New Talent Showcase, spotlighting the best emerging Caribbean writers. Her work has been anthologized in New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby, OBE and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean, edited by Mythopoeic Award winning author Karen Lord.

She lived in the United States for a decade and now divides her time between Philadelphia, USA and Trinidad.

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When I am not writing, I work at the intersections of literacy empowerment, transformative language arts, creative expression, and health and healing. I use the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation and help others do the same. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University and an M.Ed. in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. In August 2018, I will travel to Guatemala to complete a Yoga Alliance 200 RYS certified yoga teacher training.

As a transformative writer, I share personal stories and use my creative and artistic voice to advocate for mental health wellness, personal growth and a culture of healing. Wondering what transformative writing is? Find out here and here.

After miraculously recovering from years of chronic illness, I became convinced of the power of storytelling and its possibilities for human healing. My struggles with the inhumane U.S. healthcare system led me to want to explore creative ways of humanizing the helping professions. I tutor at the University of the West Indies where I teach on narrative medicine and humanistic medicine, namely the transformative applications of reflective practice, applied literacy, storytelling, the expressive arts, experiential learning and emotional literacy to the helping professions, and in medical education. My students are medical/nursing students and experienced registered nurses, and it's a privilege to learn alongside them in our dialogic classroom.

I also edit children's books and consult on childhood and youth literacy. I founded Anansesem Caribbean children's literature ezine, and served as Chair of the judging panel for the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature.

A few more facts about me: I hold American and Trinidadian passports. I am proud Aunt to one nephew, Zion, and "mom" to two characterful dogs, Patches and Jet. I practice the Japanese narrative art known as Kamishibai ("paper theater"). I read children's books more than I read adult books and I'm not ashamed of it. I am the biggest introvert in the world and I am preternaturally grateful.

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