author & children's advocate

Meet Summer



Edward's writing captures the experiences of Caribbean young people with keen insight and profound empathy.

Meet Summer

Summer Edward is a Gingko Prize-longlisted author who writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction for readers of all ages.


She was born and grew up in Trinidad. She earned a master of education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former college writing instructor, she studied fiction at the Kelly Writers House and received writing residencies from the Highlights Foundation and the Cropper Foundation. Summer created Anansesem, an online magazine covering Caribbean literature for young readers, which was published for a decade. When she is not writing, she works as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann, a readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOHost Novelist, and reviews Caribbean children's and young adult books for The Horn Book Magazine. She has served on the juries of the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature, OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She is a dual citizen of America and Trinidad and Tobago and divides her time between the two countries.