Country:

Antigua

General Presentation:

Joanne C. Hillhouse was born in Antigua in the 1970s. She graduated from the University of the West Indies and is a writer, journalist, publisher and producer. She has written three novels, and published poems and works of fiction in such magazines as Calabash, The Caribbean Writer, Tongues of the Ocean, Ma Comère, See Breeze and Small Axe. Articles she writes feature in Caribbean Beat, Zing plus and Américas. The culture of her country forms the backbone of her canon, and her writings on the subject are both poignant and highly descriptive. Apart from her participation in various international seminars and literary festivals (including the Calabash Festival in Jamaica and the Antigua-and-Barbuda Literary Festival), Joanne Hillhouse is very much involved in promoting creative writing and Caribbean literature. In 2004, she cofounded the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, an annual writing competition for young Antiguans. In the audiovisual field, working with local television, she was associate producer of Antigua-and-Barbuda’s very first full-length feature film: The Sweetest Mango, and producer of its second, No Seed. Her commitment to serving the community is also admirable – she takes an active part in awareness-raising campaigns organised by the Caribbean Family Planning Association, as well as in action on the part of ecological associations and the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Her latest novel, Oh Gad! (2012), is the story of a woman faced with the intercultural complexities and issues arising from being born in Antigua but raised in the United States.

Select bibliography

  • Oh Gad !, Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2012
  • Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Macmillan Caribbean, 2002; Hansib, 2009
  • The Boy from Willow Bend, Macmillan Caribbean, 2003
  • On Becoming (poésie), Auto-édition, 2003

 

Prizes and distinctions

2012 : Selectee for the Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University

2011 : JCI West Indies Outstanding Young Person Prize for Excellence, for her commitment to Antigua-and-Barbudan society

2011 : David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer (American Virgin Islands)

2008 : Obtainment of a grant from the International Fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College (United States)

2004 : Awarded the UNESCO Prize of Honour for her contribution to the development of public reading and to the literature of Antigua-and-Barbuda.


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