POUi: Editorial Committee




Nicola Hunte

Nicola Hunte: some time teacher; oft-time reader; all-time student of life and one-time doctoral graduate of the Literatures in English programme of UWI, Cave Hill.  Her interest in creative writing began with participation in an informal poetry club which led to the publication of an anthology of poems contributed by each member of the group in 1992.  She has also published in the area of literary criticism about Caribbean and African American literature in Shibboleths, an online journal of comparative theory.  Her current focus is on lecturing in poetry and drama at Cave Hill, UWI.



Associate Editor:


Debra Providence 

Dr. Debra Providence was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and is an educator, writer, and researcher. Her research interests include Caribbean and African American women writers, poetry, speculative fiction, feminism, and graphic novels.


   Associate Editor

Jacinth Howard-Browne
Jacinth Howard originally hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Her childhood love for reading and literature led to the pursuit of Literatures in English at the tertiary level. She holds a PhD in the same field. Her critical work focuses on speculative fiction and West Indian fiction. Other research interests include feminism, graphic novels and poetry. Jacinth writes prose, poetry and drama. Her poems and short stories have been featured in several publications. In 2021, she won second place in the 23rd Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award competition with her manuscript The Mother Island.

Jane Bryce

Until retirement in 2016, Jane Bryce was Professor of African Literature and Cinema at Cave Hill. She taught Creative Writing and was a founding editor Poui and sole executive editor for many years. Born in Tanzania, the setting of much of her writing. Author of Chameleon and Other Stories (2007) and compiler of Caribbean Dispatches: Beyond the Tourist Dream (2006), she has also published in journals and anthologies.




Hazel Simmons-McDonald

Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics, former Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus, former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at Cave Hill and a founding editor of Poui.

A Saint Lucian by birth, her short fiction has been published in journals, including Poui and Bim and her poetry in several international journals.  Her first collection of poetry, Silk Cotton and Other Trees, was published by Ian Randle Press.



Mark McWatt

Professor Emeritus of West Indian Literature and one of the founding editors. Originally from Guyana, is a much-awarded poet and fiction writer. Author of three collections of poetry: Interiors (1989), The Language of Eldorado (1994), and The Journey to Le Repentir (2009). 

His collection of short stories, Suspended Sentences: Fictions of Atonement won the Casa de Las Americas Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book in 2006.


Philip Nanton


Vincentian born, has published regionally and internationally on many aspects of Caribbean literature and culture.

His publications include an edited commemoration of the life and work of Frank Collymore, Remembering the Sea (2003), and Island Voices from St. Christopher & the Barracudas (2014). In 2012 he represented St. Vincent & the Grenadines at the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, one of the cultural events concurrent with the London Olympics.

Philip Nanton is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and an occasional lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. He has made radio documentaries on Caribbean literature and culture for the BBC. He is the joint editor of two anthologies of literary criticism and one anthology of creative writing.  He is the author of the CD and book Island Voices from St. Christopher and the Barracudas (2014, Papillote Press). A selected collection of his writings, Canouan Suite and Other Pieces, was also published by Papillote Press in 2016. His book Frontiers of the Caribbean was published by Manchester University Press in 2017.


Mark Jason Welch

A talented young Barbadian poet who won the Irving Burgie Award for Excellence in Literary and Creative Arts and first prize in the Collymore Literary Endowment Award competition for his poetry collection, Ackee Season, both in 2007.

His work has appeared journals and anthologies, and he was an editor for Poui 1X, X and X1 until his departure for the US to study film-making.

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