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Joanne C. Hillhouse's Discussions

On seeking it just me?

Started Jul 25, 2013 0 Replies

Whether it’s a manuscript submission, article pitch, job application, fellowship application, awards submission I prefer to stand on my own merit, to let my writing and record speak for me. You…Continue

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"Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences. I'm a writer first so I know how hard it is to let another person into that intimate creative process, albeit at the tail end of the process, which is why when I take on another…"
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Profile Information

Who I am:
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Oh Gad! - released April 2012:!/Joanne-C-Hillhouse/9781593093914

The Boy from Willow Bend (Fiction; Hansib; UK) – 2009;
(Fiction; Macmillan; UK) - 2002 (

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (Fiction; Macmillan; UK) – 2004

Also poems and/or short stories have been published in:

Small Axe (

Calabash (Volume 4, No 2

The Caribbean Writer (Issue 18 and Issue 24

Mythium (inaugural edition 2009

Tongues of the Ocean (October 2009

Sea Breeze (2008

St. Somewhere (Autumn 2010 edition -

Munyori (

Women Writers (special women and voodoo edition 2008

Ma Comère (Volume 3, 2000)

& others
Media outlets that I currently write for:
various, primarily in the Caribbean
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Yes, sometimes
Services I offer to other writers:
I provide editing services and have conducted writing workshops.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
My professional associations:
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Joanne C. Hillhouse's Blog

Five A.M. Epiphany*

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 2:00am 4 Comments

It occurs to me that blogging (at least for some of the bloggers I follow) is a kind of therapy. You get it out, you release it, it’s gone…only unlike therapy, tons of folks are going to read about it and maybe judge you for it, but fuck it, you’ve released it, what do you care. And I suppose that’s what I do when I write. There’s an emotional disconnect that’s already set in by the time I actually publish the book, story, whatever… I  no longer feel exposed or embarrassed or protective of…


Personal Highlights from NILF and the Nature Isle

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:16pm 0 Comments

Photo by Celia Sorhaindo - me reading at the Nature Island Literary Festival.

So the question I think I got most at the Nature Island Literary Festival was some version of what do you do? Ironic, considering I was at a literary festival, but understandable when you consider that most of us aren’t…


Of puberty, bigamy and fairy god mothers in the city ...where anything can happen

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 1:00am 0 Comments

Judy Blume wrote of puberty in Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, a favourite of mine going way back. Tayari Jones’ blogging here at and later a facebook ‘friendship’ had landed her acclaimed Silver Sparrow, a tale from the perspectives of two daughters of a bigamist, on my to-read list. I just happened to be here this week for the NY launch of my book Oh Gad! (June 23rd 4 p.m. at Antigua and Barbuda House 12 West 122nd Street, Harlem, NY), and in the…


Not the Same Old Carnival

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:30am 0 Comments

It’s probably a bit of a cliché by now - a Caribbean novel with scenes of Carnival - but Carnival was such an important part of my childhood, and especially of summer, that it’s bound to sneak in when I'm writing about summer in Antigua. If you come to Antigua between the months of June and early August, you'll find that much of the radio talk, music, and energy there are directed at Carnival. Well, Carnival and politics - but once you begin to understand the lingo, you’ll understand that…


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At 11:00am on December 18, 2012, Aífe Murray said…

Apologies Joanne for misplacing your "house" -- and I should know as Hillhouse is the high school in my hometown!

At 9:35pm on November 4, 2012, Christine Lincoln said…

I'll check into that! I'd love to do another literay festival. And I agree, let's stay connected. If I can ever get you out my way. . . I'l keep you in mind. Who knows where things might lead.

At 3:56pm on October 18, 2012, Christine Lincoln said…

Of course I remember you and your beautiful writing. I'm really excited to see your book has come to fruition. I can't wait to order a copy. What are you working on now? I'm still plugging away. I write full time and currently I'm working on a story collection. I have a novel that's 2/3 done, but these stories were speaking so loudly I had to give an ear to them. I'd love to get back to the Caribbean though.

At 6:16pm on October 9, 2012, Christine Lincoln said…

Hi Joanne, thanks for the friend request. It's really good to see you again. Love the picture.   

At 6:47am on September 25, 2012, Helen W. Mallon said…

You're welcome, Joanne! I hope you're encouraged.

At 3:59am on May 16, 2012, Kendra Bonnett said…

Hi Joanne, thanks for the friend invitation. Kendra

At 3:34am on April 28, 2012, Catherine McNamara said…
Hi Joanne, hope is going well with your book. Hard work, isn't it?! Ciao cat
At 5:37pm on April 18, 2012, Caroline Bock said…

hi!  I'm not sure... you mean to submit to great group reads consideration??  I would go to the WNBA website and email someone there -- they tend to work with established publishing houses. I just read the books that's all:)!!  WNBA is more of  a networking group ... does that help??  Thanks for reading my post!!  Best, Caroline

At 7:34am on April 4, 2012, Joy Amber said…

Hey Joanne, jus twanted to say hi to another Island writer. I am here on St. Croix and rarely see anyone from the islands. I am was smiling when I saw Calabash as my son just worked on those for Ag Fair here on STX.


At 10:17am on February 27, 2012, Zetta Brown said…

Hi Joanne! Thanks for the friendship add. BTW, I put "The Boy from Willow Bend" on my wish list at Amazon. I've been reading some Caribbean literature lately and want to read more.


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