Hailing from the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Yakima Cuffy is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright. A lawyer by profession, the prominent themes in her writing are patriotism, West Indian identity, migration, faith and sensuality. Ms Cuffy’s work has been published in The Caribbean Writer (Volume 35), Midnight and Indigo online magazine and the Waitukubuli Writers anthology of new Dominican writing, Montage Domnik.
She has won Dominica’s national Independence Literary Competition on numerous occasions. Ms Cuffy has also been longlisted for the BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writers Prize three times, emerging as a finalist in 2020. She also performs spoken word poetry at various events, including Bocas Literary Festival’s Stand and Deliver segments.
Yakima is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cavehill Campus and an alumnus of the Create Caribbean Crafting Short Fiction Writing Workshop.