Moko is a non-profit journal that publishes fiction, poetry, visual arts, and non-fiction essays that reflect a Caribbean heritage or experience. We were founded in 2013 with a goal to create networks with a pan-Caribbean ethos in a way that is also sensitive to our location within the Virgin Islands. We embrace diversity of experience and self-expression.

Moko seeks submissions from both established and emerging writers, artists, and scholars. We are interested in work that encourages questioning of our societies and ourselves. We encourage you to submit your best work to us whether it be new visual art, fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, or essays on any topic relevant to the Caribbean experience. We publish in May and November.


Managing Editor

Andre Bagoo is a poet and writer from Trinidad, the author of several books of poetry including Trick VesselsBURN, and Pitch Lake. His essay collection The Undiscovered Country was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020 and received the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Non-Fiction.

Art Editor

Marsha Pearce holds an undergraduate degree in Visual Art and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, where she teaches in the Department of Creative and Festival Arts. Her writings on visual culture appear in several peer-reviewed, academic publications and in platforms that target a general readership.

Poetry Editor

Traci O’Dea is an American poet living in Jersey after years teaching in the British Virgin Islands. Her poems have been published in Poetry, Poetry Daily, Literary Matters, 32 Poems, Unsplendid, The Jersey Evening Post, The Fiddlehead and elsewhere. She has performed her poetry at the Jersey Festival of Words, Oastival Music & Arts Festival, BVI UNESCO World Poetry Day, Long Legs Arts Festival, Theatre Project, Gallery 312, and The Johns Hopkins University.

Fiction Editor

Freeman Rogers‘ writing has appeared in publications including Slate, The Oxford American, the Antioch Review, and the Indiana Review, among others. He is the editor of The BVI Beacon newspaper in the British Virgin Islands and an associate editor of Smartish Pace poetry journal.

Essays Editor

Ayanna Gillian Lloyd is a fiction writer from Trinidad & Tobago. She received the second-place prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize. Her work has been published in The Caribbean Writer; Moko Magazine; Small Axe; Poui; PREE, Callaloo and Anomaly. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Norwich and her first novel, When We Were Birds, is due in 2022.


Founding Editors

Richard Georges is a writer from the British Virgin Islands. He is the author of three collections of poetry and his writing has appeared in notable journals and magazines such as Smartish Pace, sx salon, The Poetry ReviewWasafiri, and Entropy. His book Epiphaneia received the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

David Knight Jr. is a writer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who grew up on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas. His writing has appeared in The Caribbean Review of Books, ARC magazine, Caribbean Beat, and The Caribbean Writer. He is currently based on St. Thomas.


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