Who We Are


The Caribbean Writer (TCW)-–Where the Caribbean Imagination Embraces the World-–is an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, founded in 1986 and published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands.


Our mission is to publish quality writing by established writers that reflects the culture of the Caribbean; promotes and foster a strong literary tradition; and serves as an institute for the development of emerging writers.


TCW features new and exciting voices from the region, and beyond, that explores the diverse and multi-ethnic culture in poetry, short fiction, personal essays, creative non-fiction, and  short plays. Social, cultural, economic and sometimes controversial issues are also explored, employing a wide array of literary devices.TCW also publishes translations, book reviews, interviews,  and special sections offering insight into the dynamics of Caribbean society TCW also showcases visual art,  by leading and emerging artists of the region.


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The Caribbean Writer’s Advisory Editorial Board is comprised of internationally recognized writers; namely, Kamau Brathwaite, Griffin Poetry Prize (2006), Casa de las Americas Prize (1976), and Frost Medal Award for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry (2015);


Edwidge Danticat, MacArthur Genius Award (2009); George Lamming, Annisfield-Wolf, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his deeply political books that critique colonialism and neo-colonialism; his first novel, In the Castle of My Skin is a much acclaimed Caribbean classic;


Caryl Phillips whose long list of literary awards include:◾2013: Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence,2007: Essence Literary Award Finalist for Foreigners2006: PEN/Open Book Award for Dancing in the Dark◾2006: Honorary Fellow, The Queen’s College, Oxford University2004: Caribbean American Heritage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature2004: Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist in Fiction for A Distant Shore 2004: Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book for A Distant Shore, 2004: Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist for A Distant Shore 2000: Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature ;


Earl Lovelace, a major Caribbean writer, one of the few of his generation to have lived in and written almost exclusively from the region. His long list of awards and recognition include: British Petroleum Independence Award, 1963, for While Gods Are Falling. 1966, Pegasus Literary Award, for outstanding contributions to the arts in Trinidad and Tobago. 1977, awards for best play and best music for Pierrot Ginnard. 1980, Guggenheim fellowship.


Alwin Bully is a playwright and director, who has staged bold, evocative plays either authentic reflections of the colorful ‘island culture’ or adaptations with a distinctive tropical spin. Bully is also a creative artist and prize-winning Carnival costume designer. As designer of the island’s National Flag, his artistic legacy is indelibly etched in Dominica’s history. ;


Lorna Goodison, has won numerous awards for her writing in both poetry and prose, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, and one of Canada’s largest literary prizes, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People (2007);


Olive Senior has published three collections of poems: Talking of Trees (1985), Gardening in the Tropics (1994), and Over the Roofs of the World (2005). Her short story collection Summer Lightning (1986) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; it was followed by Arrival of the Snake Woman(also includes “The Two Grandmothers” which is one of her best short stories) (1989, 2009) and Discerner of Hearts (1995). Her most recent collection of stories, The Pain Tree (2015), was the overall winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, having won the fiction category. Her first novel, Dancing Lessons (Cormorant Books, 2011), was shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize in the Canada region. Senior’s most recent non-fiction book, Dying To Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, was published in September 2014 – 100 years after the opening of the Panama Canal, 15 August 1914. On 1 April 2015 the book was shortlisted for the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, winning the non-fiction category.


Tiphanie Yanique received the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2000, and has had residencies with Bread Loaf,[16] Callaloo, Squaw Valley and the Cropper Foundation for Caribbean Writers. She won the 2006 Boston Review Fiction Prize for her short story “How to Escape from a Leper Colony” the 2007 Kore Press Short Fiction Award for her short story “The Saving Work”, and was also the winner of a 2008 Pushcart Prize for her short story, “The Bridge Stories”. In 2011, Yanique won the Bocas Fiction Prize for Caribbean Literature with her collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories, and the National Book Foundation named her as one of their “5 Under 35” honorees, an award that celebrates five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. She was one of three writers given the 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for fiction. She won the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize (formerly the Flaherty-Dunnan Center for Fiction Prize) for her debut novel Land of Love and Drowning.


Lewis Ricardo Gordon is a Jamaican American philosopher who works in the areas of Africana philosophy, philosophy of human and life sciences, phenomenology, philosophy of existence, social and political theory, postcolonial thought, theories of race and racism, philosophies of liberation, aesthetics, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion. He has written particularly extensively on race and racism, postcolonial phenomenology, Africana and black existentialism, and on the works and thought of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon. His most recent book is titled: What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought.


Paget Henry has been one of the most articulate and creative voices in Caribbean scholarship, making seminal contributions to the study of Caribbean political economy, C.L.R. James studies, critical theory, phenomenology, and Africana philosophy. In the case of Afro-Caribbean philosophy, he inaugurated a new philosophical school of inquiry. Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader outlines the trajectory of Henry’s scholarly career, beginning and ending with his most recent work on the distinctive character of Africana and Caribbean philosophy and political and intellectual leadership in his home of Antigua and Barbuda. In between, the book returns to Henry’s early consideration of the relationship of political economy to cultural flourishing or stagnation and how both should be studied, and to the problem with which Henry began his career, of peripheral development through a focus on Caribbean political economy and democratic socialism. Henry’s canonical work in Anglo-Caribbean thought draws upon a heavily creolized canon.




Alscess Lewis-Brown joined the TCW as the editor in 2012; she has served as a member of the editorial board and comes to TCW with over twenty-five years of experience as an adjunct English instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands. She has taught courses such as Caribbean Literature, Black American Literature, World Literature, Introduction to the Humanities and English Composition. She has presented academic papers in the area of literature and culture.  Over the years, Ms. Lewis-Brown has navigated a double career, beginning with her five year stint in Okinawa, Japan with  Los Angeles Community Colleges Overseas as a school administrator and course developer for their Burbank Adult Education program. On one hand, she has worked as a Human Resources professional for major industries and government agencies in the Virgin Islands while at the same time maintaining her career in academia. She has six titles to her name which include, her young reader trilogy, The Moko Jumbi Majorette series, given special recognition for best books for 2013 in the Trinidad Guardian.  Her most recent novel for young readers is Foot Steps to the Sunrise (2014). Her works have been  included in the Virgin Islands Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the  past six years, she is a main presentor on Virgin Islands Literature at the  annual Virgin Islands Board of education’s new teacher certification institute.


Former Editors


Dr. Erika J. Waters, Founding Editor, 1986 – 2002 and 2009 (Guest Editor)
Marvin E. Williams, 2003 – 2008
Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, 2010-2011
Attorney Tregenza Roach, 2011-2012
Alscess Lewis-Brown, 2012 to present

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