News & Events

December 2018

After 4 years as a yoga practitioner, Summer will complete Sadhana Yoga School's 200-hour RYT yoga teacher training program in Guatemala. She will attend the program on a partial scholarship.

January 2018

Summer will serve as a National Writing Juror in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She will be a guest

expert speaker in Marc Aronson, PhD's international online course on children's and YA literature to be offered at

               Rutgers University in Spring 2019. Her poem, titled "Forest Psalmody," will be published in Anomaly journal's

               Caribbean Folio.

March 2019

Summer will have new poems in New Daughters of Africa, a revival of the seminal Daughters of Africa anthology. She was invited by Margaret Busby, OBE to contribute to the book which will showcase the work of two hundred

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

June 2019

Summer's short 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 an upcoming anthology of

               Caribbean Children’s and YA Literature to be edited by Betsy Nies, PhD and Melissa Garcia Vega, PhD, and

               published by The University of Mississippi Press.


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 was an invited keynote speaker at the PRTESOL Annual Convention in Puerto Rico where 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.
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