About the Artist
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a poet and artist from Trinidad & Tobago.
Her writing and art have appeared in several local and international journals such as POETRY Magazine, Poetry London, The Rialto, the Prairie Schooner, The Asian American Literary Review, Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, the Caribbean Writer, Small Axe Literary Salon, Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Dirtcakes Journal, Blackberry: A Magazine, Room Magazine and several others.
Her poetry has also been featured in anthologies such as Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean (2015), Thicker than Water (2019), both published by Peekash Press, and the award-winning bilingual anthology The Sea Has No Ornament, published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020.
Danielle was awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paeiwonsky Prize by The Caribbean Writer‘s editorial board in 2009, nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010, and awarded the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2012. In 2015 she was named winner of the Hollick-Arvon Caribbean Writers’ Poetry Prize, and winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2016. She was shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize in 2013, 2017 and 2020.
In 2012, Danielle was selected for the Urban Heartbeat Project, a street art project which took place across the Caribbean and Central America. Her her art was also featured as part of group exhibitions such as the Women Make Art (WoMA) exhibition in Grenada.
Her first solo art exhibition, Criatura, was held at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago in June 2013. In that year, her work was featured in group exhibitions Music is the Soul in Toronto, as well as The Femail Project in Birmingham, UK. In 2014, she was chosen to be a part of the Museum of Latin American Art’s Frida Kahlo-themed Women’s Day exhibition. Since then, her work has been part of many group exhibitions locally and internationally.
Danielle is the illustrator of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (CaribbeanReads) and The Jungle Outside (HarperCollins Publishers) both written by Joanne C. Hillhouse. She has illustrated several other projects, most recently the EarthCraft Oracle Deck, to be published in 2021 by Hay House Publishers.
Her first collection of poems, Doe Songs was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2018. Doe Songs was awarded the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry.
Danielle lives in Sangre Grande, Trinidad, with her husband and two young sons.