General Presentation::

Poet Esther Philipps was born in Barbados and graduated in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. Her first collection of poems, La Montée, was published in 1983 by the University of the West Indies. Her work has also appeared in several Caribbean, English and American magazines and anthologies, including Whistling Bird: Caribbean Women Writers, Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad and Caribanthology. A number of her poems have been translated into Spanish by Casa de las Américas and others are soon to be translated into French on the initiative of the Haitian author Evelyne Trouillot. Her latest publication, The Stone Gatherer (2008), is a collection focusing on women, in which the author demonstrates that she is equally at ease writing in Barbadian Creole (Bajan) and in Caribbean English. Recently retired from the Barbados Community College where she was Director of the Liberal Arts Department, Esther Philipps continues to lead a very active life, being editor-in-chief of the biannual magazine BIM: Arts for the 21st Century and writing a column for the Sunday Sun, Barbados’ National Newspaper. In 2012, she was a member of the Commonwealth Writers delegation at the Poetry Parnassus in London – renowned for being the world’s largest gathering of poets. In 2013 she was selected as a jury member for the Commonwealth Book Prize.

Select bibliography

  • The Stone Gatherer. Peepal Tree Press, 2008
  • When Ground Doves Fly. Ian Randle Publishers, 2003
  • La Montée. University of the West Indies, 1983


Prizes and distinctions

2003 : Franck Collymore Literary Endowment Award pour son recueil When Ground Doves Fly.

1999 : Alfred Boas Poetry Prize of the Academy of Américan Poets.

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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