Sonia considers her writing practice a tool for disrupting and investigating existing narratives (such as historical accounts, folktales, mythologies, canonical books, etc) to question their inherent power structures and expose alternative marginalized voices. Experimental process of generation, such as erasure, found text, mistranslation, technological intervention, or other restrictive methods, are especially exciting opportunities to create direct responses to existing narratives by using its own language against itself.
Sonia’s poetry has appeared in various published journals including Small Axe, WomanSpeak: A Journal of Writing & Art by Caribbean Women, Poui, and The Caribbean Writer, and is also included in the bilingual poetry anthology of thirty-three contemporary Caribbean women poets The Sea Needs No Ornament/El Mar No Necesita Ornamento (2020, Peepal Tree Press) as well as the forthcoming Montreal Poetry Anthology.
Sonia’s work has been read by other people in collaborative performances. In 2018, she read A True & Exact History with ten others at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, a script which has also been performed in Iowa City. Her poem, “Now That I Change” was read by John Cox to accompany her chapbook in the exhibition “Pattern” at The Current: Baha Mar Gallery & Art Center.
Hear Sonia read some of her poetry on BBC Radio 4, “Writing a New Caribbean: Under the Surface”
Hear Sonia read The Tryal here as an accompaniment to her chapbook Offerings Material and installation Making Waves which was on display at Doongalik Studios during the 2014 Transforming Spaces Art Tour.
Hear Sonia read poems from her first full-length collection of poetry, Infidelities, during the official book launch in August 2017 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
SELECTED ESSAYS, ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS & BLOG POSTS
Sonia’s articles about the art and culture scene in The Bahamas can be found in the online archives of The Nassau Guardian, where she worked as the Arts & Culture editor, or in the online archives of The Caribbean Beat Magazine.
Read “What We Talk About When We Talk About Paradise”, as part of the exhibition catalogue for Buildings Are People Too by Current Books.
Read Sonia’s thoughts on the chapbook form in “Chapbook Alchemy: No Dear/Small Anchor”, an interview with Jen Hyde, Emily Brandt, and Alex Cuff in The Brooklyn Rail
Follow Sonia’s reflections on the Fresh Milk Blog as she underwent a writing residency at the Fresh Milk artists platform in Barbados in March 2016.
Follow Sonia’s reflections on the University of Iowa Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio’s blog as she uses her 2017 Summer Fellowship to jump-start a forthcoming podcast for Caribbean literature.