Calabash: A Journal of Carribean Arts and 
Letters
Volume 1, NUMBER 1 / September 2000

CONTRIBUTORS NOTES, Vol. 1, No. 1

OPAL PALMER ADISA is seeking freedom and health. She is the author of It Begins With Tears, 1997, novel, and Leaf-Of-Life, 2000, poetry and other volumes. She tries for the work, whether poetry or prose, to speak directly and eloquently, to soothe aches and show other paths.

MICHELA A. CALDERARO, an Associate Editor of CALABASH, teaches English and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Trieste (Italy). She has written numerous articles on, among others, Henry James, Laurence Sterne and Lord Byron, as well as a book on Ford Madox Ford. Her critical study of James Joyce’s DUBLINERS is due out by the end of the year. Ms. Calderaro currently works on Anglophone Caribbean women writers and is completing a comparative study of Creole writers Jean Rhys, Phillys Shand Allfrey and Eliot Bliss.

CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL, a Trini-Bahamian, was born and raised in the Bahamas. He is a doctoral student in English at Duke University. His poetry has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Atlanta Review, as well as other journals and anthologies.

JAMES CARMICHAEL is a secondary school teacher in Barbados. He has won local and regional literary competitions and contributed to Voices I, an anthology of Bahamian Prose and poetry.

ADRIAN CLARKE left Barbados at age seventeen and has spent the past twenty-seven years between Barbados and New York, mostly New York. An English instructor for three years, he holds a BA and an MA in English, and is presently completing a MFA in creative writing at Brooklyn College. School is an excerpt from a novel titled Befo’time, about a boy’s coming of age in Barbados from 1965-’73.

MARSHA E. COBURN is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. She has received several prizes for her short stories from the Cultural Development Commission in Jamaica. She has had stories published in, among other places, the Jamaican Daily Gleaner. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, and lives with her husband and their three children in Brooklyn, New York.

LOUIS-PHILIPPE DALEMBERT: Born in 1962 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Louis-Philippe Dalembert is a novelist and a poet. As a world traveler, he has lived in different places. He lived for twelve years in Paris where he went to the university and worked as a journalist. In 1994-95, he resided in the famous Villa Medicis in Rome. After a brief stay in his native Haiti (1996), he lived for a long period of time in Jerusalem. While there he visited Palestine, Jordan. His poetry is much influenced by the Middle East. Louis-Philippe Dalembert holds a degree from Port-au-Prince Ecole normale supérieure and from Paris School of journalism. He wrote his doctoral thesis in comparative literature on the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier at Paris III University New Sorbonne. Louis-Philippe Dalembert is now vice-secretary of culture at the Italo-Latino-Americano Institute in Rome. His published works include: L’Autre face de la mer; Le Crayon du Bon Dieu n’a pas de gomme; Le Songe d’une photo d’enface; Evangile pour les miens; et le soleil se souvient... suivi de pages cendres et palmes d’auble (Grand Prix de poésie de la ville d’Angers); Du temps et d’autres nostalgies; Ces iles de plein sel. Some of Louis-Philippe Dalembert’s works have been translated in Italian, Danish, Serb and Portuguese.

ANNE FRANCOIS, originally from Haiti, has been living in the United States for several years now. She is completing a Ph.D. at New York University in French and Francophone literature. Presently, she is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Literature at Eastern College at St. Davids, in Pennsylvania.

ANN WOOD FULLER graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English Literature. She did her postgraduate work in the Creative Writing Department under the guidance of William Logan and Debora Greger. She has published her work in the Cumberland Poetry Review, Departure, the Yalobusha Review, and The South Dakota Literary Project. She lives in a home she built in the woods of Micanopy, Florida.

DANA GILKES was born in Barbados and later emigrated to the U.S. where she received her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She was adjudged the over-all winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Short Story Competition sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation in London, and was a recent recipient of the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award, Barbados’ most prestigious literary award to date. Some of her poems and short stories have appeared in magazines and literary journals both at home in Barbados and abroad, including COMMONWEALTH BROADCASTER The magazine of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, POUI Cave Hill Literary Annual, published by the University of the West Indies, and BEYOND THE FRONTIER, an anthology published by Black Press.

JOSE B. GONZALEZ is an Associate Professor of English at the US Coast Guard Academy. He has published works in the Providence Journal, The New England Quarterly, The Teaching Professor, College Literature, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for a poem published in Melting Trees Review.

DRISANA DEBORAH JACK is at the articulate edge of a small and exciting batch of young St. Martiners who are simultaneously busy in literature, art, dance, song and music, lighting an unprecedented crop of creative fires. In 1995 and again in 2000 she represented the Netherlands Antilles at CARIFESTA. In 1996 she was granted a fellow at the Caribbean Writers Institute at the University of Miami. Ms. Jack is the author of the collection of Poems The Rainy Season. A Graduate of Marist College, Ms. Jack is currently completing an MFA in the visual arts at SUNY, Buffalo.

DEANNE KENNEDY is a Barbadian writer, poet and artist. She has been keen on writing since childhood, and has had some success home and abroad. In September 1999 she was presented with an International Poet of Merit award in Washington, D. C., and in October 1999 she was invited to perform at a concert by a Barbadian group in Boston as she also writes in Barbadian dialect, and writes and sings calypsos. Her poetry has been published in several American anthologies. Deanne is married with three children.

ANU LAKHAN was born and lives in Trinidad and Tobago. She has worked in advertising and as a film reviewer. Currently she is a features editor at the Trinidad Express. Her stories, poems and reviews have been published in the Trinidad & Tobago Review, the Trinidad Guardian, the Trinidad Express, the Jamaica Observer, Prometheus, and Small Print.

CLIFFORD MASON has been in theater for over thirty years, first as a playwright, then as an actor and finally a director. He has also produced Equity Stock productions. His plays have been performed in New York at Café La Mama, on Theater Row, and at Henry Street; in Connecticut at the O’Neill and in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper. He’s acted for Public Theater, on PBS, on Theater Row, at La Mama and in Soaps. Both the Daily News and the New York Times have favorably reviewed him as a director. He’s also published many articles on theater and the arts in general in the New York Times, New York and Life magazines et. al., and he most recently appeared on A&E’s Biography of Sidney Poitier.

DWIGHT MAXWELL lives in New York, where he teaches creative writing at East Side Community high school. He received a MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. He is published in such literary journals as: Callaloo, Force 10 (based in Ireland), Southern University of California Press and Die Aussensite Des Elementes (A German Journal of Arts and letters). Dwight Maxwell has also performed readings at Hamburg Universitate, the Berlin Literature House and around the New York area. He is currently working on a book of poems for publication by the Die Aussensite Des Elementes Press.

SHARA McCALLUM was born in Jamaica and emigrated to the US at the age of nine with her family. Her first book, The Water Between Us, won the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published in 1999 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She currently lives in Tennessee and teaches at the University of Memphis.

THOHMAS McCONNELL’s fiction has appeared most recently in ORB Literary Magazine, published in Atlanta. He teaches at the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg.

ANTON NIMBLETT is a Trinidadian who’s been living in Brooklyn for over twenty years. He’s a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.

GERTHIE OWTRAM holds a Masters in Journalism degree from Columbia University, and spent several years as a professional journalist. She studied creative writing at The Writer’s Voice. She is currently working on a book of essays about life in the Caribbean. An Anthology of poetry entitled Three Jewels- Selected Poets will be published by an affiliated of Barnes and Nobles. She has also completed a work of erotic fiction entitled Tropical Sensations of Natural Pleasures, and has published a chapbook of selected poems from earlier works called Then. A featured reader of the New York Public Library Reading series, Poetry In The Branches, Ms. Owtram believes that all profound human experiences eventually become poetry. Married with a son, she lives in the French West Indies and in New York.

JENNIFER PALMER has studied fiction at The Writer’s Voice and at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in Fiction. She is also a graduate of Howard University and The Bank Street College of Education. Ms. Palmer is a recipient of a 1998 NYFA fellowship. This Trinidad and Tobago native is currently working on a novel, tentatively called, A Portrait of Bernadette.

MIRIAM SA’UDA PEREZ was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, NY. In 1993, while pregnant with her daughter, she took her first trip to Barbados - the homeland of her maternal grandparents. She studied creative writing at the City University of New York and as a participant in the National Book Foundation’s writing program. Her work will be featured in the forthcoming anthologies QUIET STORM and VINYL DONUTS. She lives in Brooklyn with her daughter.

FELIX DE ROOY is a filmmaker, visual artist, writer and theater-director. de Rooy, who was born in Curaçao, has lived in Surinam and New York, and presently lives in the Netherlands. He obtained a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in film directing from New York University. Presently, he teaches film directing and film analysis at the Open Studio in Amsterdam. He is also a columnist for Contrast, a weekly magazine. Mr. Rooy has been awarded numerous awards for his creative works, and has been included in several exhibitions. His films, Ava and Gabriel, and Almacita di Desolato, are very well known.

JUNE SPALDING tries for her poetry to represent disparate perspectives flavored by distinct subtleties. Her diverse background enriches a poetic background that wrestles with the peculiar tensions and vantage-point of two homelands: one florida, and the other the Caribbean.

MARIANNA DE TOLENTINO is an art critic based in the Dominican Republic. She is the Director of Centro Cultural Cariforo, and is an art critic for the Listin Dario (Dominican Republic), and an art correspondent for Art Nexus, a Colombian art magazine. She is president of the Dominican Art Critics Association, and an International Member of the International Art Critics Association. She served as an International Juror at Arte’99, a visual arts competition and exhibition held in Curaçao in 1999, featuring the visual arts of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.

LIDIA TORRES lives in Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and are forthcoming in Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingue and the Beacon Best of 2000.

EVIE VERNON defines herself as an Anglican deaconess, womanist theologian, ecumenicist, mother of one son, writer.