Malliouhana Poetry Prize Winner in the Junior Category/ Spoken Word/Performance Poetry
Born in the United States of America, Vanessa Croft Thompson was raised partly in Anguilla and partly in the country of her birth. Her writing is often infused with issues of racial identity, cultural duality and the West Indian experience.
Vanessa holds a B.Ed in Literature from the University of the West Indies and is currently reading for her Master of Arts in English Language. Several pieces of her poetry were published in the 2015 Anthology of Anguillian poetry, Where I See the Sun.
A longtime winner of the Malliouhana Poetry Competition, she most recently captured first place with her spoken word poem “Hidden Opinions”. An avid supporter of the arts, Vanessa performed spoken word poetry at the Anguilla National Arts & Culture Awards as well as the Lit Fest fundraising event, An Evening with Dan Brown. Vanessa has been a featured presenter at the Anguilla Literary Festival in both 2013 and 2016. She currently teaches high school and sixth form students at the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School in Anguilla.