News & Events

September 1, 2020

Candlewick Press will publish 1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change, a

historical nonfiction YA anthology. Summer has contributed a chapter, titled "The Wesleyans in the West Indies,"

               to the anthology.

November 16, 2020

Summer will participate in Bridgewater International Poetry Festival's Fall 2020 Virtual Event. Also, Summer will

be a contributor to the PREE print anthology funded by the Prince Claus Fund.

March 2021

HarperCollins UK will publish Summer's children's book debut, Wygenia and the Wonder of the World Leaf. Heinemann will publish 5 illustrated leveled books written by Summer for their Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

               Shared Reading Collection
, starting with a biography-in-verse titled Renaissance Man: Geoffrey Holder's

               Life in the Arts

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March 18, 2018

Summer's micro photo essay, titled "Mortality: An Excursion", appeared in The Island Review. Read/view it here.

April 13 & 14, 2018

Lecture (invited speaker) and children's book creation workshop — "Healing Through Children's Stories"

with Summer Edward at the Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair

May 2018

Summer's short story, titled "The House in Orange Grove", was published in Nat. Brut; read it here.

June 15, 2018

Summer's short story, titled "The Millennium Village", was published in Waxwing Literary Journal; read it here.

June 22-24, 2018

Roothbert Fellows Retreat — "Vocation: Answering the Spirit's Call" with Reverend Dr. Phaedra Blocker at Pendle Hill. Summer is a lifelong Fellow of the Roothbert Fund and will use her time at this year's retreat to

               work on her book, and reflect on the role spirituality and her Christian faith play in her work as a writer and


July 2018

Summer is now an ESCOhost NoveList Contributor. She was recruited by EBSCOhost to write expert

reader advisory recommendations and articles on Caribbean children's/YA literature. Her post-Hurricane

               Maria/Irma essay, titled "On the Imperialist ‘Charity’ of Rebuilding Caribbean Children’s Libraries with

               Eurocentric Books" was published in The Millions. Read it here.

August 2018

Summer's poem, titled "The Fellowship of Cicadas, Montgomery County, 2011," was published in the

Secrets issue from Negative Capability Press. By invitation from editor Sudeep Sen, 3 poems were

               published in The Punch Magazine; read them here.

September 6, 2018

Summer's poem "Ode to a Bananaquit" is her latest piece for ALTARWORK.

November 1, 2018

Summer's list-based article, titled "7 Own Voices Caribbean Picture Books Depicting Empowered

Girlhood," was published on the Commonwealth Education Trust's blog. Read it here.

November 2-3, 2018

Summer gave the opening keynote address at the PRTESOL Annual Convention in Puerto Rico; she

spoke to Caribbean ESL educators about the educational use of Caribbean children's literature to make

               learning relevant and build resilience in the face of contemporary challenges.

January 2019

Summer served as a National Writing Juror in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the USA's oldest

and most prestigious national program offering early recognition and scholarships to teen writers and

               artists. She judged the writing portfolio submissions.

March 9, 2019

Launch of the New Daughters of Africa anthology— WOW - Women of the World Festival, Southbank

Centre, London. Summer is one of the invited contributors to the book which showcases the work of two

               hundred women writers of African descent including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith and Warsan


February 23 - March 30, 2019

Stories and Stretches in the Park— A series of children's literature-inspired yoga classes led by Summer Edward, RYT 200 in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Trinidad. View the event flyer here and visit Summer's new

               yoga instructor website here.
               Click here for more information.

April 2019

Summer's poem, titled "Forest Psalmody," was published in Anomaly; read it here. Her poems, "Rumour, From Hayes Court" and "Gossip, from Albion Street," were published in PREE; read them here. Also,

                Summer served on the Selection Committee for OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge.

July 2019

Summer's annotated bibliography, titled "Caribbean Immigrants Tell Their Story: 17 Own Voices Picture Books," was published in Novelist, EBSCOhost's reader's advisory subscription database (Subscribers can

               read it here.)

August-September 2019

Summer opened an online children's/YA bookstore; read about it here. Her poem "Forest Psalmody" has been nominated by Anomaly journal's editors for The Orison Anthology, an annual collection of "the finest

               spiritually engaged writing that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year." Summer completed the

               University of Florida's Healing with the Arts course on a full scholarship.

November 2019

Summer's poem, "Last Morning in Tzunaná," was long-listed for the Gingko Poetry Prize, the biggest international prize for ecopoetry.

December 2019

Summer is an invited contributor to the Spring 2020 issue of Interviewing the Caribbean which published

her essay titled "The Nature of Belonging: Making a Home for Children’s Literature in the Caribbean’s

               Literary Landscape" as well as her open letter titled "Letter to a Child Leaving Trinidad."

February 5, 2020

World Read Aloud Day School Visit with Anansesem Editor-in-Chief, Summer Edward at Holy Cross

College, Trinidad.
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February 2020

Summer served as a National Writing Juror in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; she judged flash fiction.

March 2020

In honor of Women's History Month, Summer's annotated bibliography, "9 Picture Books about Caribbean

Women," was published in Novelist, EBSCOhost's reader's advisory database; subscribers can read it here.

April 2020

Summer guest taught on Caribbean children's and young adult (YA) literature for a week in Dr. Marc Aronson's course on international youth literature at Rutgers University. Also, she is now an invited book

               reviewer for The Horn Book and will review Caribbean children's and YA books for the publication.

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