About Summer

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Summer Edward, M.Ed. is a Trinidadian American writer and children's editor who grew up as a third culture kid. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Anansesem.

An alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, 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 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 and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean.

After 3 and a half years as a college educator, she recently quit her teaching job to
focus on writing and works as a yoga instructor. She 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 word as a tool for personal and communal transformation and help others do the same. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University and an M.Ed. in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania where I was graduate assistant to leading children's literature scholar, the late great Lawrence R. Sipe.

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 am a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) who completed my first yoga teacher training program in Guatemala through Sadhana Yoga School. Fore more information about my yoga/meditation instructor services, see my other website.

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.

Consultant/Teaching Artist Credits Include:

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