Selected from an esteemed group of applicants to be the University’s inaugural Writer-in-Residence, Lisa Allen-Agostini penned the young adult novel The Chalice Project, published in 2009, and co-edits the Trinidad Noir fiction anthology. In addition, she writes a weekly column for the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, and founded the Allen Prize for Young Writers, a program that supports and rewards writers aged 12 to 19 in her home country.
“I’m honored to be the inaugural St. George’s University Writer-in-Residence,” said Allen-Agostini. “It’s not often that a writer gets such a generous opportunity, and a four-month stay in a different environment where I can focus completely on writing will no doubt help me complete some work I have been engaged with for some time.”
During her residency in Grenada, Ms. Allen-Agostini will work to complete both a novel and a collection of poems. She is also expected to give readings at SGU, local schools, libraries, writers’ organizations, and other institutions, with recordings of these readings made available to the SGU radio station and the Government Information Service in Grenada. In addition, Ms. Allen-Agostini will offer creative writing workshops at SGU, TA Marryshow Community College, and area schools, and keep office hours in order to consult with those at SGU and in the community.
“I think that the SGU community and Grenada community stand to benefit largely from Lisa being on board,” said Antonia MacDonald, Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the four-person selection committee. “She is a published author who works in different literary genres and who has extensive experience conducting creative writing workshops. Moreover, Lisa is both enthusiastic and committed so I’m very happy with the selection.”
To be eligible, applicants had to be over the age of 18, of Caribbean birth or citizenship, and have a track record of publishing literary writing, or in the case of playwrights, a history of having dramatic works performed for a public audience. In addition to providing an opportunity for the writer, the program will expose SGU and Grenada to the contemporary Caribbean literary scene.
Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Antonia MacDonald, Ms. Lisa Allen-Agostini, Dr. Ted Hollis, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences