Born in Guyana, Linisa migrated with her family to Antigua, the island where she calls home, at the tender age of 4. She wrote in secret from the age of 6; her poems were her escape from a world that she didn’t think she fit into. It wasn’t until 2003 while living in Toronto and experiencing the writings of the amazing Maya Angelou, that she realized that her life’s fulfillment was masked in her writing. Linisa moved back to Antigua in 2005, where after many false starts she was able to push start her career in the literary and performing arts. She is a poet, freelance writer, director and playwright.
Linisa recently had one of her original pieces included in THE WORLD RECORD; an international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics. The publication formed part of the recently held Poetry Parnassus festival in London. Poetry Parnassus, formed a major part of Festival of the World, and was an unprecedented gathering of poets invited in late June, to take part in a week-long festival of readings, workshops and a host of other events at the prestigious Southbank Centre.
A strong advocate for gender justice, she is an Executive member of Women of Antigua, a non-profit organization established in January 2008 that were responsible for bringing The Vagina Monologues to Antigua, and spear heading the compilation of the original play When A Woman Moans; monologues written by Antiguan women that tackle the subject matters of rape, death, child birth, domestic violence, abortion and sexual freedom. She is co-owner of a creative arts company, August Rush Productions, and the Director of The Young Poets Society of Antigua & Barbuda. The latter is an organization that uses poetry to awaken the creative elements in young kids ages 12 to 17. Linisa is co-creator of Expressions; ‘Poetry In The Pub’, a bi-monthly open mic event that highlights the local talent of spoken word artists and musicians. She was the 2010 co-winner of a National Youth Award in Antigua for her contribution to the literary arts.
Linisa will also begin shooting the documentary film ‘Brown Gurl Envy’ which is based on her autobiographical poem “Brown Gurl In The Ring’; a young dark-skinned girl’s emotional journey to self acceptance. Her blog ‘Back Girl In The Ring’ at www.blackgirlinthering.blogspot.com is her personal space to share the hardships and joys of writing.
When A Woman Moans
Drama by Women Of Antigua (WOA) Co-Executive Director, Co-Executive Producer, Contributing Writer
Antigua & Barbuda National Youth Award for Literary Arts Contribution