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Summer Edward, M.S.Ed., Founder, Editor-in-Chief, handles the editing, design, and production of each issue and reviews and responds to all prose submissions we receive from kids. Direct all general inquiries and editorial questions to Ms. Edward. She also manages reprint rights and marketing for Anansesem

Summer divides her time between Trinidad and Philadelphia, United States. She holds an M.S.Ed degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied children's and adolescent literature under the advisership of the late Dr. Lawrence Sipe. She currently teaches at the University of the West Indies. She is the recipient of a Highlights Foundation scholarship for promising children's writers and the School of the Free Mind's Way of the Book Honor Award given to artist-authors demonstrating long and sincere commitment to changing the world through children's books. She is regularly called upon to speak about and advise on Caribbean children's literature and has served as a panelist at conferences including the A for Anansi: Literature for Children of African Descent conference (New York University), Word!: A Caribbean Book Fest (Medgar Evers College) and NGC Bocas Lit Fest (Trinidad) in addition to consulting with organizations like the Commonwealth Education Trust and At Summit Asia Pacific Ltd. She was chair of the judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature. Her fiction, poems and art have been published in print and online journals. She is second cousin to Canadian poet Dionne Brand. Find out more at her website, www.summeredward.com, or follow her on Goodreads.


Carmen Milagros Torres-Rivera, PhD, Associate Editor, reviews and responds to fiction and poetry submissions we receive from adults.

Carmen is an English professor who teaches Children’s Literature (INGL 4326) and Literature for Adolescents (INGL 4327) at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. Her research interests include Caribbean and Afro-Puerto Rican children’s literature, Caribbean linguistics and race/ethnic and Puerto Rican studies. Her articles on Puerto Rican children’s literature have appeared in Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, PRTESOLGram, and Caribbean Without Borders: Beyond the Can[n]on’s Range (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). She has presented her research on Afro-Puerto Rican children’s literature at conferences including the International Society for Language Studies Biennial Conference, the Caribbean Without Borders Conference, the West Indian Literature Conference, and the ‘Negotiating Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in a New Global Age’ Symposium. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican English Writers Association. Her hobbies include photography, crocheting, playing the violin and reading children's literature.


Kelsi Farrington, M.A., Associate Editor, reviews and responds to fiction and poetry submissions we receive from adults.

Kelsi grew up on a 3-mile-long island in the Bahamas. At 17, she moved to rural Wales to go to college which led to studying near the craggy coastlines of Cornwall. At Falmouth University, she received a First Class Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. Now based in London, England, she worked as a research paper publisher at Oxfam and in the Book Sales and Marketing department at New Internationalist Publications Ltd. while completing her Masters in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Her past experience ranges from being a PR assistant and Ambassador at Falmouth University, an editor for an online magazine and co-founder of another called Frais. In 2015, she enjoyed working the Tara Books children's book booth at the London Art Book Fair and presented her research proposal at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Her idea, to create a collection of fact-based, illustrated ebooks for children in developing countries, was enthusiastically received. She is especially interested in fighting malnutrition and gender inequality through children's publishing. She is an Editorial and Marketing Assistant at Positive News: the constructive journalism magazine.


Colin Bootman, Art Editor, reviews and responds to art submissions we receive from both kids and adults.

Colin was born in Trinidad and Tobago and now lives in Brooklyn, United States. He has illustrated many children’s books, textbooks, periodicals, and book covers and has worked with several publishers including Random House (Follow the Leader), Harper Collins (In My Momma’s Kitchen), Scholastic (Oh, No, Toto!), and Holiday House (Papa’s Mark). Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for an Outstanding Literary Work for Children, he is the recipient of numerous children's book awards including the Coretta Scott King Honor 2004, the Schneider Family Book Award 2006, the Ashley Bryan Lifetime Achievement Honor 2006, The Teachers’ Choice Award, The Comstock Award, The Storytelling World Award, The Golden Kite Honor, and many others. Mr. Bootman’s first written and Illustrated book (Fish For The Grand Lady), debuted in the fall of 2006. In addition to illustrating, Colin enjoys teaching and presenting to students throughout the country. His professional website is www.colinbootman.net.



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