Like many publications that have been forced to suspend their activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anansesem has stopped publication indefinitely. Below is a list of editorial staff members who worked for the magazine over the course of its decade-long run.

Summer Edward, M.S.Ed., Founder, Director and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, serves as the public face and engine room of Anansesem, sets the direction for the magazine’s policies, operations and programs, and works with the advisory board to leverage opportunities and resources. Direct all general inquiries and organizational questions to Ms. Edward.

Summer divides her time between Trinidad and Maryland, United States. Since stepping down as Anansesem's editor-in-chief, she has worked as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann and as a freelancer at Horn Book Magazine. She is a contributor to the young adult nonfiction anthology 1789: What is a Person? (Candlewick Press, 2020), edited by Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and her first children's book, The Wonder of the World Leaf, was published by HarperCollins UK in 2021. She holds an M.Ed. degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied children's and adolescent literature under the advisership of the late Dr. Lawrence Sipe. She is a Highlights Foundation scholarship recipient, a former judging chair of the Golden Baobab prizes for African children's literature, and a 2019/2020 National Writing Juror in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She served on the Evaluation Committee for the inaugural OpenIDEO Early Childhood Book Challenge sponsored by The William Penn Foundation. She is an invited member of the Children's Literature & Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association and the recipient of the School of the Free Mind's Way of the Book Honor Award given to artist-authors demonstrating long and sincere commitment to changing the world through children's books.

A leading authority on Caribbean children's and YA literature, she has been an invited speaker at New York University, St. Francis College, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the US Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair, and The University of Puerto Rico, and has been recruited as a Caribbean children's literature consultant, readers' advisory expert and children's/YA book editor by organizations including the Commonwealth Education Trust, At Summit Educational Services, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE), and Caribbean Cultural Theatre, among others. Her fiction, poems and art for both adult and child audiences have been published in various journals and anthologies. A former university tutor, she has worked as a readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOHost NoveList, and a contributor/book reviewer at The Horn Book Magazine. Find out more at her website,, or follow her on Goodreads.


Staff Emeritus

Anouska Kock
Carol Mitchell
Colin Bootman
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
June South-Robinson
Kelsi Farrington
Sandra Sealy
Sujei Lugo Vásquez (Guest Editor)

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