Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a writer and visual artist and 'maker of things' from Trinidad & Tobago. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary publications in the Caribbean as well as internationally, and her art has been featured on the cover of publications such as Blackberry: a MagazineKalyani Magazine and the Missing Slate

Her personal working definition of creativity keeps changing according to where she is in her life.  She states "Right now, creativity is all about a certain kind of vision and the ability to manifest that vision. It is the ability to see the under-layers of the everyday, to recognize that all things are connected, and to trace and illuminate the connections".

Danielle was awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paeiwonsky Prize by The Caribbean Writer‘s editorial board in 2009, nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010, and awarded the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2012. In 2013 she was nominated for Best New Poets, and shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize as well as the Montreal Poetry Prize.   

Danielle’s first solo art exhibition, Criatura, was held at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago in June 2013. In 2013 her art was also featured at the exhibition Music is the Soul at Brockton Collective in Toronto, as well as The Femail Project in Birmingham, UK. In 2014, she was selected by the Museum of Latin American Art to be one of their featured artists in their Frida Kahlo themed Women’s Day Display.

Asked about her standard for evaluating her work and that of others, Danielle answers "My standard for evaluating all creative works including my own is really based on how my whole being responds. It's the duende. It sounds terribly simple, but it's true. Authenticity and spirit cannot hide, not even in inexperience or lack of technique. Its intensity and its strength and truthfulness is always there, regardless of the artform, and you can always recognize it based on your body's first response, even before the mind begins to think upon it in earnest". 

With respect to the co-relation between the creating and its monetary value, Danielle indicated that personally, she finds that it isn't possible for her to create art that is valuable while considering its potential monetary value at the same time. The two thoughts just can't co-exist in the same space. She says "Over time, I've come to trust in and lean upon providence when it comes to this. I create what I want to and what I need to, and I have to believe that it will be met with the same love and magic that it was created with".

If Danielle were a crayon, the name of her colour would be Northern Range Green. More of her work can be found at her website and you can follow her on Facebook.