Rochelle Ward [Faizah Tabasamu] is a St. Martin poet. She holds an MSc in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies. The English and Literature teacher at St. Maarten Academy high school has recited her poetry at demonstrations, slams, concerts, and literary festivals in Anguilla, Dominica, St. Martin, and Nevis.
Ward’s poetry encompasses womanhood, Caribbean nostalgia and culture, and the urgency to preserve and engage in nature. As curator at saltfish & Lace, she blogs about hair and beauty care, Caribbean lifestyle, and fashion, and reviews books. Ward is a recipient of the Catapult Lockdown Virtual Salon grant. He poetry appears in the anthology Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin. The debut collection Tangle by Rochelle Ward [Faizah Tabasamu], was published by House of Nehesi (HNP) in 2021.