AnnetteI. Smith was born on the Island of Barbados, West Indies. She emigrated to the United States at the age of 15 years and has lived continuously in the States ever since. Annette is a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. She graduated Magna Cum Laude (Business Administration). She has taken creative writing/poetry classes at the New School, Frederick Douglas Cultural Center as well as various employee and church sponsored writing classes. Her poem: The Eight Ball was printed in the Amsterdam News. She has performed her poetry in churches, cafes, and at Open “Mic” Nights at various venues in and around Brooklyn (Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bedford/Stuyvesant Avenue) as well as Harlem.
Annette appeared in the Off Broadway production of Moore Than They Bargained For (Written by Judith Lovell). Annette appeared in the role as Mamma. During her tenure as a Sunday teacher at Bridge Street AWME church; a tenure that spanned over ten (10) years Annette wrote and directed several plays that were performed by her students. During one Black History Month Annette also wrote and performed a solo piece entitled: Nettie Mae and Harold Joe.
As a little girl Annette wanted to know how authors, did that ‘magical thing with letters and words so she could do it too. This passion of books and storytelling was fueled by listening to the many stories told of her family from the greatest Griot ever—her mother—Irene Margaret Smith. This storytelling was part of her family tradition and the deeper it became etched in her heart the more she knew she wanted someday to carry-on the tradition and tell stories like her mother. She however knew deep in her etched heart that she wanted to reach a larger audience so she had to take the storytelling further—to the next level—she would write them in books.
In 2010 Annette realized her dream of becoming a published author with the debut of her epic novel: Etched. Annette has satisfied her etched heart, which always knew that it would not (could not) be satisfied until its desire to be a published author were met. They have been now; her heart is satisfied.
In December, 2012 Annette realized another dream when she published her second novel - Rend.
Rend is the sequel to Etched.
Annette is currently reconnecting with her African and Arawak ancestry and is learning about her Garifuna heritage as well as the language. The melding of what she learns on her Garifuna journey can only help to enrich her Barbadian “Bajan” roots which are at the core of all she is—Barbadian.