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July 2019

Summer's listicle, 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. She will contribute a chapter to 1789:

What is a Person?
, a historical nonfiction YA anthology slated for publication in 2020 by Candlewick Press. 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.


December 2019

Summer's 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. Also, she will be an invited contributor to the Winter 2019 issue of Interviewing

               the Caribbean
, the theme of which is Caribbean Children’s Literature/The Future of Caribbean Children.


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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

               editor.


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 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.


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

               artists.


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

               Shire.


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.


May 2019

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

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

               read it here.








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