News & Events

April 22, 2017

Kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre) performance and workshop series for kids ages 7-12 at Irie Elephant Ltd.

Click here for more information.. View the event flyer hereimage.

May 1, 2017

Summer will guest host #CaribYAlit Twitter chat with Tanya Batson-Savage, Publisher at Blue Banyan Books.

Winners of the 2017 CODE Burt Award will participate as well as past winners Lynn Joseph and Tamika Gibson.

               Click here for more information.. View the event flyer hereCaribbean YAlit Twitter chat.

May 1, 2017

Summer has 2 poems ("Mors Poetica" and "Afterbirth") in Duende lit journal's latest feature. Read them here.

May 2017

Summer was invited to be a part of a special number of Re-Markings journal dedicated to World Poetry. The

number will bring together "major representative international poets", and will be edited by Dr. Tijan M. Sallah.

October 2017

Summer will have a short story, titled "Sweet Girl's Burden", in the upcoming issue of Kweli Journal.

November 2017

Summer will attend the 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Sadhana Yoga School in Bali. She has been accepted into the program on a partial scholarship and is asking for your financial support on

March 2018

Summer is a peer reviewer for Teaching Preschool-Grade 3 Children with Multicultural Books: A Guide for

Classroom Teachers
by Susan Browne, PhD and Xiufang Chen, PhD, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield.


January 2015

Summer workshopped the first draft of her children's novel at the Tengo Sed Writers Retreat and

Workshop in Siquirres, Costa Rica.

March 14, 2015

Poetry reading — Evening of Tea & Readings at Paper Based Bookshop in Trinidad.
Click here for more information.

April 15, 2015

Poetry reading — Campus Literature Week at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad.
Click here for more information.

April 30, 2015

Children's writing and art workshop — "Mirror Texts: Self-Empowerment and Self-Portraiture Through

Poetry and Art" (co-facilitated with award-winning children's book illustrator Colin Bootman) at the NGC                Children's Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad
               Click here for more information.

April 30, 2015

Author reading — Summer will read her children's poem from Whaleheart and her picturebook manuscript
Wygenia and the Wonder of the World Leaf to students at the NGC Children's Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad.
               Click here for more information.

May 1, 2015

Invited reader —  "Who's Next?: Fiction and Poems" at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad
Click here for more information.

June 2015

Summer is a guest speaker in "Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest", a free MOOC produced by the Commonwealth Education Trust and At Summit Educational Services/At Summit Asia                Pacific Ltd. In her interview, she discusses editing and proofreading with New Zealander children's author                Maria Gill.
               Click here and here for more information.

July 2015

Publication — Five of Summer's poems were published in issue 47 of Matatu Journal for African Culture

and Society
               Click here for more information.

July 11, 2015

"Writing for Young Adults and Children: Getting it right" — panel discussion with Danielle Delon,

Nzinga Sibongile Job, Lynn Joseph and Summer Edward at the Tobago NGC Bocas Lit Fest. Chaired by                Sophia Cooper
               Click here for more information.

July 2015

Summer received approval to be listed as a poet in Poets & Writers' Directory of Poets and Writers.
Click here for more information.

August 2015

Publication - Summer's children's poem and single-page illustration will be anthologized in Whaleheart: Journey into the Night with Maya Christina Gonzalez and 23 Courageous ArtistAuthors.
               Click here for more information.

August 2015

Summer will be a mentee in the Mentoring by the Masters programme, sponsored by Trinidad and

Tobago's Ministry of The Arts and Multiculturalism. She will be mentored by Trinidadian Humorist,

               Storyteller and Author, Paul Keens-Douglas, as she develops her performance skills and capacity as an

               oral storyteller, and learns the art of oratory.
               Click here for more information.

October 2015

Summer's essay, "Why the Bottom Matters: Educational Reform in Post-earthquake Haiti", will be

published in Tengo Sed: Thirsty for Global Works on Voice, Identity and Personhood (Proposed Title),

               edited by Yndia Lorick-Wilmot, PhD and Natasha Gordon-Chipembere PhD, slated for 2016.

October 6, 2015

Summer recently shared her inspiring story of healing from chronic illness on Read

it here. A channel of Mindvalley, FinerMinds is one of the world's leading digital publishers of human                empowerment, transformative learning and personal growth content.

October 31, 2015

Peekash Press, an imprint of Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, has bought Summer's unpublished

short story, 'The Passing Over of Zephora'. It will be published in their upcoming anthology of

               contemporary speculative fiction by emerging Caribbean writers, slated for March 2016.

November 24, 2015

Summer has been shortlisted for the Small Axe Poetry Prize for her sextet of unpublished poems.

Click here for more information.

November 27, 2015

Rio Claro Heritage Festival 101st anniversary: Celebrating 101: Education in Focus in Trinidad — Interactive

children's storytelling with Summer Edward.

December 8, 2015

Summer's personal essay, "Fairmount Trees", was published in the latest issue of The Missing Slate.

Read it here.

December 13, 2015

Summer is now a mental health ambassador with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She

opens up about her journey with depression on her Ambassador Fund page which can be found here.

December 23, 2015

Summer is a finalist for the We Need Diverse Books mentorship program. As a finalist, she received

written feedback on her picturebook manuscript from Coretta Scott King Award-winning children's

               author, Nikki Grimes.

January, 2016

Summer joins the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies as an Academic

Tutor. She will draw on her academic training in psychology and literacy education and her own journey

               overcoming chronic illness to teach on narrative medicine and humanistic medicine, namely the

               applications of narrative analysis, the expressive arts, creative practitioner inquiry, experiential learning,                positive psychology, and reflective practice to the helping professions, and in medical education.

March, 2016

Summer's children's story, "Flight of the Pigeons", appears in the Story & Verse section of the Children's

Writer's Guild website this month. Click here to read it.

April 9, 2016

Photography Level One: Reception and Final Exhibition at UWI Open Campus, El Dorado Centre —

Summer and 17 other students in the introductory photography course at UWI Open Campus showcase

               work curated over the last seven months.

April 28, 2016

Kamishibai (paper theatre) performance and children's workshop with Summer Edward — "Traditional Japanese Storytelling" at the NGC Children's Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad

               Click here for more information.

April 28, 2016

Book launch at De Nu Pub in Woodbrook, Trinidad — "Peekash Presents: New Worlds, Old Ways:

Speculative Tales from the Caribbean
" featuring Karen Lord, Ararimeh Aiyejina, Summer Edward, Kevin

               Jared Hosein, Brandon O’Brien, Portia Subran and H.D. William, introduced by Jeremy Poynting and Johnny


               Click here and here for more information.

April 30, 2016

"The Most Important Readers Of All: Why Children’s Publishing Matters" — panel discussion with Marsha Gomes-McKie, Julie Morton, and Summer Edward at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad. Chaired by

               Ramabai Espinet.

               Click here for more information.

June 21, 2016

Summer's children's poem, "Shakespeare Goes to Trinidad", appears in the Story & Verse section of the Children's Writer's Guild website this month. Click here to read it.

September 16, 2016

Summer's thinkpiece article, "Children's Literature as a Vehicle for Peace", was published on

Click here to read it.

September 19, 2016

Summer has a poem in The Ekphrastic Review. The poem is titled "Saudade" and can be read here.

November 7, 2016

New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean is a Publishers Weekly Starred Review! The review is here. Summer's short story, "The Passing Over of Zephora", appears in this anthology edited by

               Karen Lord.

November 17, 2016

Summer was shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize for a third time. She submitted five poems to the contest.

               Click here for more information.

November 21, 2016

Summer interviews Deborah Ahenkorah in the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Ahenkorah is an African children's book industry trailblazer who founded African Bureau Stories

                publishing house and the groundbreaking, award-winning children's literacy NGO, Golden Baobab.

November 29, 2016

Summer's essay, "Challenging the Hidden Curriculum: A Middle School Teacher’s Use of Multicultural Literature in the Classroom", was published in the November 2016 issue of WOW Stories: Connections

               from the Classroom
. Read it here.

December 2016

Summer edited the December 2016 issue of Anansesem Caribbean children's literature online magazine. Read it here.

December 5, 2016

Summer has a children's story in Mirrors Windows Doors. The story is titled "Blue" and can be read here.

January 28, 2017

Summer wrote an article, "The Introvert’s Weekend: 6 Tips for Enjoying It Your Way", that was published on

leading self-improvement website Read it here.

March 2017

Summer is providing developmental editing for Tippo & Friends, a picturebook series by Nigerian animator

Dotun Ogunsakin, based on West African folktales and featuring the adventures of a clever Tortoise.

March 17, 2017

Summer has a children's poem in Issue 5 of Balloons Lit. Journal. The poem is titled "In a Blue Hotel". Click

here to read it and listen to audio of Summer reciting the poem.

April 11, 2017

Summer's Spirit-led discourse, titled "Gospel for the Lonely", has been published in ALTARWORK. Read it here.


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