In addition to Helen’s work as a healing practitioner, she is, and has long been, a crafter of words. Like her healing work, language has the power to transform consciousness. She writes to connect, reveal, understand, transform, and heal. The power of the story as narrative medicine for the writer and the reader is profound. If I Had the Wings is her debut collection of stories and was a finalist in the 2018 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature.


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“Brave, haunting stories that reveal all the frailties and complexities of what it means to be human, and how we tend to condemn what we don’t understand  — what we have forgotten about ourselves or fear to embrace…The stories reel you in and let you out — space to breathe”

— Opal Palmer Adisa, author of Painting Away Regrets

“Klonaris’ stories are a work of a different order. They testify that broken wings can fly to places of rest, if only temporary rest, on this journey called life.  An important book that sings psalms of despair and the possible — to be and feel inside/outside and beyond the Bahamian and Caribbean box.”

— Marion Bethel, author of Bougainvillea Ringplay

“In this long-awaited and necessary debut, Helen Klonaris puts her cleaned-fish language in the service of a ferocity of observation.  The winged subjunctive of the title asks us to see otherwise and then fly across boundaries, to desire denied; to connect when Power says No.”

— Christian Campbell, author of Running the Dusk

“Helen Klonaris’s short story collection is a lyrical, unforgettable exploration of all that it means to be an islander. Her stories flow between histories and futures like the sea itself, as her characters grapple with the complexities of being human. Sexual, spooky and atmospheric, I loved these stories.”

— Diana McCaulay, author of Huracan