[Event] Healing Through Children's Stories with Summer Edward

April 13 and 14, 2018 @ various times

On Friday April 13, 2018, our editor-in-chief Summer Edward, will be an invited speaker at the United States Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair. On Saturday April 14, 2018, she will lead a children's book creation workshop at the Festival. The lecture will lay the groundwork for the workshop.

Workshop participants will learn about a holistic approach to making children's books that support social and personal transformation in Caribbean children and in Caribbean communities. This workshop focuses on the importance of "own voices" expression, reflective action, heritage conservation, authenticity, inclusivity, the sacredness of story, nature, community publishing, mentorship and artistic freedom as necessary foundations for creating meaningful, healing (and sometimes revolutionary) Caribbean children's books.

Summer Edward is the Foundress and Managing Editor of Anansesem, the online magazine of Caribbean children’s and young adult literature. A Highlights Foundation alumna and a former judge of Africa’s Golden Baobab Prizes for children’s literature, she holds a Masters degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of the School of the Free Mind’s Way of the Book Honor Award granted to author-artists “demonstrating long and sincere commitment to changing the world through children’s books.” Her children’s writing and illustration appears in Whaleheart: Journey into the Night with Maya Christina Gonzalez and 23 Courageous ArtistAuthors, on the Children’s Writer’s Guild website, on the Mirrors, Windows, Doors website, and on where they have been viewed over 38,000 times. Her writings on Caribbean and international children’s literature appear or are forthcoming in Horn Book Magazine, The Millions, WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, sx salon, Charlotte Huck’s Children’s Literature: A Brief Guide and more. She dons both writer and children’s editor hats, having edited children's and YA books by NAACP Image Award-nominated, Casa de las Américas Award-commended, Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning and Burt Award-winning authors. You can learn more at her personal website:

Attending this event? Register here

The flyer below can be downloaded and shared on social media, in fact, we encourage it!


    UVI - Albert A. Sheen
    Kingshill, St. Croix
    U.S. Virgin Islands

    1 340-778-1620

    University of the
    United States Virgin

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Anansesem is an online magazine of Caribbean children's and young adult literature by adults and children. We strive to bring you the best in news, reviews and creative content from the world of Caribbean children's publishing.
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