About Summer

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Summer Edward is a writer, children's editor, and the founding editor emeritus of Anansesem. She is a dual citizen of America and Trinidad and Tobago.

She earned her master of education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied fiction 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 writing appears or is forthcoming in The Millions, The Columbia Review, Horn Book Magazine, The Missing Slate, Nat. Brut, Kweli Journal, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, Anomaly, The Punch Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review, Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, Moko Magazine, sx salon, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Duende, Negative Capability Press, Waxwing Literary Journal, Re-Markings, tongues of the ocean, PREE and others.

She is a Small Axe Literary Prize shortlistee, a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Gingko Poetry Prize longlistee, and was selected for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s New Talent Showcase, spotlighting the best emerging Caribbean writers. Her writing appears in New Daughters of Africa and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean.

A former university tutor, she is currrently a children's editor at Heinemann, a readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOHost NoveList, and a contributor/book reviewer at The Horn Book Magazine. She divides her time between Philadelphia 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 word as a tool for personal and communal transformation and help others do the same. While earning a master of education in Reading, Writing, Literacy, I was graduate assistant to leading children's literature scholar, the late great Lawrence R. Sipe, and took several children's literature courses. Since then, I have developed expertise in juvenile literature in general, and Caribbean literature for young readers in particular, and have applied my academic background in psychology to healing work with children's books.

Aside from writing, my other passion is wellness. As a transformative writer, I share personal stories and use my creative and artistic voice to advocate for holistic healthcare, personal growth and a culture of healing. I am convinced of the power of storytelling and its possibilities for human healing and explore creative ways of humanizing and spiritualizing the helping professions. I taught transactional writing, narrative medicine and humanistic medicine to medical/nursing students and experienced registered nurses at the University of the West Indies for three and a half years.

As a devotee of Mother God and Jesus Christ, and as a feminist, I am also interested in women's physical and spiritual healing arts, and bringing the Feminine back into spirituality and the scriptures.

I also edit children's books and consult on childhood and youth literacy. I founded Anansesem Caribbean children's literature ezine, and have served as an arbiter of children's writing competitions including the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature, OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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