Andrene Bonner, M.S.Ed., M.A., B.A., is an educator, writer, producer, singer, songwriter, poet, folk life specialist, and an accomplished actress. She teaches English Language Arts at Mount Vernon High School in New York. Ms. Bonner is the Founder and Artistic Director of Caribbean World Arts and Culture, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to research, advocacy, preservation, and exhibition of works that reflect the Caribbean experience. Bonner’s writings have been published in Kapu-Sens: California State University Northridge Literary Journal, Carib Press News Magazine, and Café Africana Journal. She is the recipient of the 2009 Lorna Goodison Caribbean Award for Transformative Literature for her coming-of-age fiction “Olympic Gardens.”


10 Responses to “Author”

  1. Nolma Coley-Agard Says:

    Congratulations Andrene. Keep the Jamaican flag flying high. As a Jamaican woman and Drama school graduate from the first batch I am so proud of you


    1. andrenebonner Says:

      Thanks Nolma. I am so proud to have been a part of the Jamaica School of Drama family. I will keep you posted on the progress of the book. Walk good.

  2. Dawn white Says:

    Congratulations my sister, we know the struggles, we know the pains, but your strong, so you survived and I know that you know that A luta continua

  3. Brenda Engler Says:

    Thank you! Call! Need your number. Lovely piece of literature. Excellent blog! Congratulations!!!

  4. Angela Anderson Says:

    Congratulations Andrene on the 2009 Lorna Goodison Caribbean Award. I enjoyed your writing. Keep up the good work!


    1. andrenebonner Says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Please spread the word.

      One love,


  5. Judy (McLachlan) Douglas Says:

    Hello Andrene, we met last night at the Valentines party in New Rochelle. I mentioned that you reminded me of my cousin Charmaine Prendergast.
    Tell me something, after reveiwing your biography on your blog,and learning about the mission of your non-profit organization, I thought I would ask if you have any information on the Jamaican actress, Joan McLachlan. She played Lorna Little in the TV citcom “Life with the Littles” in the 70’s. She was also a radio personality in “Life in Hopeful Village” and Pantomime Thespian at Little Theatre. She happens to be my mother, who died very young (age 39) I was only 9 years, but I have a few fond memories. I’m looking to re-gain some history, and you brought me back to that place last night. I thank you! Any research, preservation of info you have would be great.


    1. andrenebonner Says:

      Hello Judy:

      It was so good to meet with you at the event. Please check in with me on facebook as there is a McLachlan in my network who might be able to give you a lot more information than I can. In the meantime, please feel free to email at to continue this dialog.

      Walk good.


  6. Faith Says:

    Hello Andrene,

    Serious times call for serious behaviour but I must inject a bit of levity. Luvvvvvvvvvvv the fro! Supastaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Shaft! Ok back to serious things. Looking forward to the sequel. I would like to to see Roderick taking names in this sequel. As you can see Roderick and I have become friends. Good luck Roderick and Thanks Ms Bonner.


    1. andrenebonner Says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Faith. I am delighted to know that you have bonded with Roderick. The sequel promises to be just as engaging and Roderick will keep you wanting more.

      Walk good.


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