Literature: Pioneering Caribbean novelist Patricia Powell to attend the Fourth Annual Bahamas Writers Summer Institute

This year BWSI is thrilled to have as our Visiting Writer Jamaican born, prize winning novelist Patricia Powell. She is the author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, and The Fullness of Everything. Her awards include the Bruce Rossley Literary Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. Powell has taught creative writing at MIT (, Harvard University, Wellesley College, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Currently she teaches at the graduate creative writing program at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Powell will give the Visiting Writer Lecture on Friday, July 27th, 7pm at the College of the Bahamas Auditorium on this year’s theme, “Coming Home: Migration, Absence and Presence in the Caribbean Imaginary.” She will aslo teach two master classes, one in fiction at 10am on Friday, July 27th, and the other in memoir at 10am on Saturday, July 28th, and share with us a reading of her works of fiction and her newer work of memoir, on Saturday evening at 5pm (locations to be announced); Powell’s master classes on Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28, are $50 per class for students, and $100 per class, or $150 for both, for the general public.

For more information, please contact the Bahamas Writers Summer Institute at

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