Esther Phillips is a columnist, poet and educator from Barbados. She won a James Michener fellowship to the University of Miami where she gained an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She won the Alfred Boas Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets for her poetry collection/thesis and went on to win the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award in 2001. Her publications are: Chapbook, La Montee (UWI, 1983); When Ground Doves Fly (Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston, 2003); The Stone Gatherer (Peepal Tree Press, 2009) and Leaving Atlantis, (Peepal Tree Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in several anthologies, most recently Poetas de Caribe anglophono (Casa de las Americas, 2011) and Give the Ball to the Poet (Cambridge-Homerton, 2014). In 2012, she formed Writers Ink Inc. and the Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair. She is also the editor of the world-famous literary magazine Bim, renamed Bim—Arts for the 21st Century and producer of a radio show devoted to highlighting regional and national writers, “What’s That You’re Reading?” for the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. She has also won the 2016 Governor General 's Award of Excellence in the Literary Arts. In 2018, she became the first ever Poet Laureate of Barbados.