Nadine Tomlinson is an emerging Jamaican writer of Afro-Caribbean speculative fiction and poetry. Her short stories and poems have been featured on/published in Black Women Are Scary, Earth in Color, Lightspeed Magazine, Grist, and other places. She is keen on writing fiction and creative non-fiction pieces with themes that center and explore matrilineal relationships; Black women’s knowledge practices; and folklore, folk traditions, and eco-spirituality of the African Diaspora in Jamaican culture.

“I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.”

A Black woman (me), wearing silver jewellery and a blue-and-white print dress, sits on a stone bench writing in a journal with my back to the camera. On the bench next to me, a portion of a dark-blue, hardcover spiral notebook with a photo of two brown seashells on a white background is visible. Tufts of green grass peek from below the bench.
Photo taken by Rochelle Marshall

“I write for my ancestors, especially those who were griots, to honour them and keep our connection alive.”


Published Writings

The Metamorphosis of Marie Martin: Earth in ColorLightspeed Magazine, Grist Imagine 2200

Hair/Her Emancipation: adda

What My Country Taught MeThe I In Politics: A Poetry Collection of Contemporary Voices 

I, My GrandmotherIntersect Antigua

A Jamaican Ode to the Spring EquinoxIntersect Antigua

The GuardiansThe Gold Anthology

Featured on

Black Women Are Scary (story soundscape)


Black Women Are Scary

 Climate Fiction Writers League


The Metamorphosis of Marie Martin Playlist



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