Advisory Board

John Robert Lee

John Robert Lee is a prolific St. Lucian poet, critic, journalist, editor and educator. His work has appeared in numerous regional and international publications including The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse, The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, Callaloo Journal, Poetry Wales, Small Axe, Wasafiri, Caribbean Quarterly, Savacou, The Missing Slate, The Jamaica Gleaner, The St. Lucia Mirror and many others. He has published eleven collections of poetry, including The Prodigal (1983), Clearing Ground (1991), Artefacts (2000), Canticles (2007), Elemental (2008), and, most recently, City Remembrances: Poems (2016).

For over a decade, he taught children's literature at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College where he also worked as a librarian. He was also librarian at the Central Library of St. Lucia for seven years. As a literary, art and theater critic, he has written widely about St. Lucian cultural history, acted, directed and taught theater workshops. A former announcer and producer for the St. Lucia Broadcasting Corporation, he conducted radio and TV interviews with key personalities in the world of art, literature, politics, and entertainment including Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, George Lamming, Rex Nettleford, Seamus Heaney, Arthur Miller, and Little Richard. He is currently Librarian and Information Officer at the Folk Research Center in St. Lucia where he organizes educational programs for young people and adults.

Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, including a Newbery Honor book, The Surrender Tree, PEN USA Award winner, The Lightning Dreamer, and a memoir, the Walter Honor winning Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings. Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpré, Américas, and Jane Addams Awards Honors. Books for younger children include the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner, Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music. Margarita’s 2016 books are Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words (Atheneum) and Morning Star Horse (HBE Publishers). She lives in central California, where she enjoys helping her husband train his wilderness search and rescue dog. Visit her website at

Khaila Burke-Green

Khaila Burke-Green was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a Bachelors in Communication from Howard University and a Masters in Media and Culture from Villanova University. Based in Philadelphia, she is currently the Diversity and Inclusion Communications Manager at Comcast and the Community Service Chair for the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA). Prior to that, she was Communications Manager at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB) and Communication Coordinator for the PCVB's Multicultural Affairs Congress. She has a diverse background in PR, marketing, advertising, hospitality, tourism and non-profits. In her spare hours she enjoys exploring Philly's celebrated food scene and working on DIY projects with her husband.

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