POUi: Editorial Committee




Rob Leyshon

Rob Leyshon is a teacher, writer and theatre director. For the past twenty-four years he has taught English and Drama at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. As founder and artistic director of cave hill theatre workshop he was responsible for over twenty stage productions. These included the Caribbean premières of Patrick Marber’s Closer (2005), David Mamet’s Oleanna (2007), Philip Nanton’s Island Voices (2008) and (for Dramaworks Barbados Ltd), the highly-acclaimed production of Derek Walcott’s Pantomime (2009), which Walcott himself described as one of the finest he had seen.

Leyshon’s critical and creative writing has appeared in publications such as BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, POUi, African Studies, ArtsEtc and the Journal of West Indian Literature. He served as Chief Judge for the 2009 NIFCA Literary Arts Festival, as Jury Member for the 2014 Guyana Prize for Literature, and as Chief Academic Consultant for the 2017 British Council documentary Shakespeare in the Caribbean/The Caribbean in Shakespeare.  In 2016 he was (re)appointed as the Cave Hill Public Orator.


Associate Editor:



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.


Consultant Editors:

Kamau Brathwaite

Kamau Brathwaite

Not only Barbados’s best-known poet, but a world figure whose many books of poetry include Elegguas (2010), Born to Slow Horses (2005), Ancestors (2001), Words Need Love Too (2000), Black + Blues (1995), Roots (1993), Trenchtown Rock (1993), The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy (1973) and Rights of Passage (1967). 

Known in the earlier works for his use and celebration of Nation Language, his later typographical experimentation continues his exploration of the way form is bound to sound.

He is also an influential historian and literary critic, and two-times winner of the Frank Collymore Award – Barbados’s leading literary prize – among many other awards and honours.

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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