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5.jpg (1410 bytes)Chronicles of A Sea Woman ONLINE: Poetry of Sandra Sealy


With the “diaphanous-blue” ocean as a backdrop, it is no wonder that Barbadian writer, Sandra Sealy (née Morris)-fondly referred to in his "Bird Rising" by Kamau Brathwaite as "Princess Chichén Itzá" in his poetry anthology, "Words Need Love Too"-is inspired by walking along one of her favourite metaphors-the sea-on her island home Barbados!

In a phrase she describes herself as a “Canadian-Barbadian raised writer clutching an English birth certificate emerging from her chrysalis.”

Sandra is a performance poet, award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and drama, creative writing tutor, freelance journalist/ editor, producer and film maker as well as a former Co-ordinator for VOICES: Barbados Writers' Collective-one of the most visible writers groups on the isle.

Sandra’s experiences and travels influence her work-articles for national newspapers, international magazines and business newsletters; national acclaim for award winning plays and her award-winning poetry and fiction published and anthologised locally, internationally; in cyberspace and recorded on radio. A few of her publishing credits are: POUI: Cave Hill UWI Literary Annual (BDS), CALABASH: NYU Caribbean Journal of Arts and Letters (USA), SHE Caribbean (St. Lucia) and Caribbean Times (United Kingdom). Sandra has also appeared on AJA's "Images Of Poetry" and as a panelist for CBC Barbados' (cbc.bb) "Book Talk".

Sandra is a former Literary Arts Cultural Officer with the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados.

In addition she works on projects related to culture with organizations like the National Cultural Foundation, Pinelands Creative Workshop, schools and camps. "Aunty Sandra" enjoys working on several projects for children like WISE (Writers In Schools & Education) and Junior READ-IN or storytelling every SAturday morning.

Sandra successfully debuted her 1st regional performance with her poetry at the L'OMDAC Youth Conference in Martinique in August 2005. In addition Sealy was translator/assistant group leader for the delegation of Barbados.

The West Indian Aquarian launched her debut CD, "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-word Single" on the Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2004. Glowing reviews can be found in the Nation Newspaper, Ejazznews.com (by John Stevenson), the Advocate and other publications. Among her numerous awards, she has received " NIFCA Best Commercial/ Music Video", bronze and silver awards at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) and an Honourable Mention in her island's most prestigious literary competition, the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment 2001 for her first collection of poetry, yet to be published-CHRONICLES OF A SEA WOMAN.
Sandra Sealy is the Website Director for SEAWOMAN'S CARIBBEAN WRITING OPPS @ http://seawoman.wordpress.com.

Literary influences? “My taste is eclectic. I am inspired by D.H, Lawrence, Shakespeare, Naipaul, Angelou, Kamau Brathwaite and many of our contemporary West Indian writers like Dana Gilkes, Katy Gash and Edwidge Danticat.”

This Seawoman lives (where else?) near the sea in St. James on the scenic west coast of the Caribbean island with her family.

If you would like Sandra E. Sealy's full writing résumé or wish to book her for performances, contact her at

Email: bcpbarbados[at]yahoo.com SmileyCentral.com

~~Barbadian photographer Wayne Walcott captures Sandra performing during the most recent INTERLUDES: Poetry & Jazz (produced by Thrive Entertainment) session at the Waterfront Café, Bridgetown-December 2001~~

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