Vanessa Croft is an Anguillian-American writer, spoken word poet, and creative living on the island of Anguilla. She holds a B.Ed in English Literature and an MA in English Language from the University of the West Indies. She has been featured twice as a national representative and spoken word performer at the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA). She is a longstanding winner of the Malliouhana Poetry Competition and has had her poetry published in Where I See the Sun: An Anthology of Anguillian Poetry. In 2018, Vanessa received the National Youth Award for Outstanding Performance in the Literary Arts. She was nominated at the same ceremony for Recognition in Volunteerism for her work teaching Literature to inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison as well as her pioneer efforts in promoting reading for pleasure amongst adolescents. Vanessa currently teaches English Language, Literature, and Humanities at the Omololu International School. She also lectures at the Anguilla Community College and teaches a course in Creative Writing at the University of the West Indies, Open Campus. In her spare time, she runs her lifestyle blog VanessaExplainsItAll.com. She plans on completing her debut novel this year.