News & Events

May 2018

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

June 2018

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

Her post-Hurricane Maria/Irma essay, titled "Storming the White-Hot World of Children’s Book Charity (On

               rebuilding the Caribbean children’s library after the squall of imperialism)" will be published in The Millions.

               By invitation from editor Sudeep Sen, 3 poems will be published in Punch Magazine. A poem, titled "The

               Fellowship of Cicadas, Montgomery County, 2011" and a short story, titled "Sweet Girl's Burden", will appear

               in Negative Capability Press and Kweli Journal respectively.

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 editor.

August 1-21, 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.

December 2018

Summer’s 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.

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.


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 10, 2015

Summer is one of ten emerging writers selected to receive one-on-one feedback from eminent literary agent Clare Alexander during the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in April 2015.

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.

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
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