News & Events

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 will be a guest expert speaker in Marc Aronson, PhD's international online course on International

Youth Literature at Rutgers University. Her 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.

May 2019

Summer's article, ""High Walls, Closed Borders: A Golden Age of Children's Literature is Not Here Yet" was

published on and selected by the website's curators to be featured in recommended topics; read

               it here. Summer will contribute a chapter to 1789: What is a Person?, a historical nonfiction YA anthology slated

               for publication in 2020 by Candlewick Press.

June 2019

Summer's short love story, titled "Sweet Girl's Burden," will appear in Kweli Journal. Her essay, "The Picturebook

is Political: Caribbean Children’s Literature as Littérature Engagée", will be published in a scholarly anthology                to be edited by Betsy Nies, PhD and Melissa Garcia Vega, PhD, and published by University of Mississippi Press.

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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.

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

. 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 journal's latest feature. Read them here.

July 29, 2017

Summer was invited by Horn Book Magazine to help curate a children's and YA book list for Caribbean-American Heritage Month. See the list here.

August 2, 2017

Author talk — Nadia L. Hohn in conversation with Summer Edward at the NALIS Arima Public Library in Trinidad.

               Click here for more information.

August 25, 2017

Author talk — Tracey Baptiste in conversation with Summer Edward at the Carnegie Free Library in San Fernando, Trinidad.
               Click here for more information.

September 27, 2017

Summer's article, "The Effects of Negative News on Young People: Harnessing Literacy for Healing," was

published on Literacy Daily, the official blog of the International Literacy Association. Read it here.

October 5, 2017

"Lifting the Invisibility Cloak of Culture: Beyond the "Four F’s" of Multiculturalism in Caribbean Children’s Literature"— Summer will present original research at the 36th West Indian Literature Conference.

November 9, 2017

Summer's article titled "Beyond the "Four Fs": Caribbean Own Voices" was published in the November/

December 2017 issue of Horn Book Magazine. Read it here.

November 2017

Summer was invited to be a part of A World Assembly of Poets, a special issue of Re-Markings journal. The

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

December 2017

Summer was recruited by the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) to serve

as a mentor-editor in their Remote Editing Mentorship Program. She is mentoring Elias Mutani whose

               manuscript, The Little Missionary with the Golden Paper Knife, won the 2017 CODE Burt Award for

               Tanzanian YA Literature.

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. She was also

               invited to be a book reviewer for Horn Book Magazine and will review Caribbean children's/YA books

               for the publication. 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 anthology 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.

December 1-21, 2018

After 4 years as a yoga practitioner, Summer completed Sadhana Yoga School's 200-hour RYT yoga

teacher training program in Guatemala on a partial scholarship and with the aid of crowdfunding. She is

               now a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor.

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


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

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