Calabash: A Journal of Carribean Arts and Letters
Volume 2, number 1/ FALL 2002

CONTRIBUTORS NOTES, Vol. 2, No. 1

ROSE MARY ALLEN isa scholar and researcher from Curaçao, who has organized several events related to the arts and culture of the Netherlands Antilles. She has been widely published.

JACQUELINE BISHOP is the founding editor of Calabash: a journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters. She holds both an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. The recipient of several prizes, fellowships and creative writing awards, she has published short stories and poetry, in, among others, The Caribbean Writer, Callaloo and Crab Orchard Review.

SUSAN BRENNAN is currently a graduate student of creative writing at New York University. She has previously studied with Donna Masini and organized poetry readings throughout New York City. Susan is also a member of the theatre company, Collapsable Giraffe.

MICHELA A. CALDERARO, an editor of Calabash, teaches English and Post colonial 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. She also works extensively on Caribbean women writers.

CHRISTIAN A. 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 French and Spanish translator and interpreter who is currently residing in Sheffield, England, where he has just completed a Master's degree in computer science. He is currently working on his first novel as well as a collection of what he terms "third world science fiction" short stories.

GUS EDWARDS is from St. Thomas, V.I. in the Caribbean. Between 1977 and 1993 he had 9 plays presented at the famed Negro Ensemble Company, making him (along with Charles Fuller) that Company's most produced playwright. In 1985 he co-authored the TV adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, Go tell It On The Mountain, and in 1998 co-authored the narration for the PBS American Masters documentary, The Negro Ensemble Company. Currently, he is a tenured Associate Professor at Arizona State University.

DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES is a writer and translator. Her first book of poems, Maroon, was recently published by Curbstone Press.

MAGGIE HARRIS was born in Guyana in 1954 and immigrated to England in 1971. She attended the University of Kent, Canterbury, as a mature student and attained a BA in African/Caribbean Studies and an MA in Post-Colonial Studies. A creative writing tutor, she has won many awards, the most prestigious so far, the Guyana Prize for Literature, 2000, for her first collection of Poetry, Limbolands, (Mango Publishing, UK). Limbolands has also been submitted for the Casa de Las Americas Award 2000-2001.

CLAIRE INCE is a Barbadian writer living in New York. An MFA graduate of NYU's Dramatic Writing Program, her work has appeared in Ma Comere, The Caribbean Writer, Panache, Viva Magazine and The Waverly Review. She was the 2000 recipient of the Miller Cutting Edge Award for Short Fiction.

CHRISTINE Y. KIM is an assistant curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

QURAYSH ALI LANSANA is the author of two poetry collections, including Southside Rain (Third World Press, 1999), a children's book, a PBS award-winning poetry video, and is co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2001) and editor of Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's Literature Library: African American Literature Reader and two anthologies of young adult writing. He is currently an editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston and serves on the advisory board of the Academy of American Poets Operation Seed Online Classroom. He has been a literary teaching artist for over a decade. Quraysh is a University Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at New York University. In 1999, Quraysh was awarded the Henry Blakely Award, presented by the late Gwendolyn Brooks.

ENITH MARTIN WILLIAMS was born in James Hill, Clarendon, Jamaica. At age 11 she migrated with her family to New York City. A Graduate of Williams College she attended Fordham University Graduate School of Education. In 1995 Enith returned with her two children to live in Jamaica. She has had a number of short stories published in the "Jamaican Observer Arts Magazine" and her short story "Patrick" was published in "Bearing Witness, the Best of the Observer Arts Magazine" an Anthology published by the Jamaica Observer Newspaper. Enith began writing in the year 2000.

SHARA MCCALLUM was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the United States. Currently she lives in Tennessee and teaches at the University of Memphis. Her first collection of poems, The River Between Us, was published in 1999.

PAMELA MORDECAI was born and raised in Jamaica. Her poetry has appeared in Journals, anthologies and textbooks published in Canada, the UK, the USA, Germany and the Caribbean. A prolific anthologist devoted to the exposition of the work of women from the Caribbean, she has edited/ co-edited several anthologies, including Jamaica Woman, From Our Yard, and Her True-True Name. In 1993, Ezra's Goldfish and other Storypoems, a collection for children, won Jamaica's inaugural Vic Reid Award for Children's Literature.

Y. C. MURPHY lives in Queens, NY and is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY Empire State College. She has published poems in Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Third Coast, Epoch, among other small magazines.

LOUISA NURSE'S work has been published in newspapers and newsletters in her homeland, Barbados. This office professional by day, has been performing all her life and gained an associate degree in performing arts with a major in drama. She uses this experience in performing her poetry at Open Mic sessions as well as national cultural events. She is an active member of VOICES: Barbados Writers' Collective and was their feature writer in January 2001. She was also the feature writer for September 2001 Rhapsody of Voices: An Evening of Spoken Word hosted by VOICES & the Casuarina Beach Hotel, Barbados. Louisa is a medalist at Barbados' National Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA); 2000 Third Prize winner, NCF/Miller Cutting Edge Writing Contest for the poem "Quest" (only award winning poet); and received an "Honourable Mention" for the poem "Substratum: Pierced", for the 2001 Inaugural Poetry Month Writing Contest hosted by the Commission for Pan African Affairs, (Barbados). Louisa has been awarded - the 2001 International Poet of Merit, Distinguished Member and Editor's Choice, from the International Society of Poets.

N'MAYA PATRICIA is a poet living in New York.

KEVIN CLARK POWER lived for ten years in Cuba, and has coordinated visual arts exhibitions throughout the Caribbean. Presently he teaches at Universidad de Alicante in Spain.

PATRICIA JOAN SAUNDERS is a Trinidadian born scholar and teacher. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She was recently awarded the Porter Fellowship from Bowdoin College to complete her fist book, Beyond Caliban: (Dis)forming Being, Transforming Identity in Caribbean Literature, at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Her areas of research and scholarship include Jamaican dancehall lyrics, Caribbean women's writing, and Caribbean literary theory. Her work has appeared in The Bucknell Review and Plantation Societies in the Americas and The Trinidad and Tobago Review.

OLIVE SENIOR is the author of eight books including three collections of short stories.- Summer Lightning (UK: Longman, 1986) which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1987, Arrival of the Snake-Woman (UK: Longman 1989) and Discerner of Hearts (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart 1995), two of poetry — Gardening in the Tropics (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart 1994, UK: Bloodaxe 1995) and Talking of Trees (Kingston, Jamaica: Calabash 1986) and non-fiction works on Caribbean culture including A-Z of Jamaican Heritage (Heinemann 1984) and Working Miracles: Women's Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean (UK: James Currey; USA: Indiana University Press 1991). She is also included in Quartet (Longman 1995), a collection of four women writers including Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and Lorna Goodison. Senior travels extensively, giving readings of her work and conducting writing workshops. She is currently on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers at Humber College, Toronto, Canada, and has taught in the writing programme at the University of Toronto. She has also served as director of the Fiction Workshop of the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute, University of Miami, Florida, USA. She will teach a writing course in fiction at Barnard College, New York City in 2001.

FRANKLIN SIRMAN is an independent curator and critic.

VIRGIL SUAREZ was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. He is the author of four published novels: Latin Jazz, The Cutter, Havana Thursdays, and Going Under, and of a collection of short stories titled Welcome to the Oasis. With his wife Dela Poey he has co-edited two best-selling anthologies: Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction and Little Havana Blues: A Contemporary Cuban-American literature anthology. Most recently, he has published an anthology of Latino poetry, Quintana. His poetry, stories and translations, and essays continue to be published in journals and reviews the likes of TriQuarterly Field, Cimarron, Meridian, Callaloo, the Ohio review, the Mississippi Review, Salmagundi, New England review, Ploughshares.

PATRICK SYLVAIN, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, emigrated to Massachusetts in December 1981. He was a Conant Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he earned his Masters degree. He works as a bilingual public school teacher in Massachusetts. He is also a video-photographer who worked as a special researcher with the PBS' documentary series: FRONTLINE. Sylvain, who is a former member of the Dark Room Collective and founding member of the Haitian American Writers Coalition, has co-edited a special issue of Compost Magazine on Haitian Writers and has received a 1996 finalist grant for poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In December 2000, he was elected board member of PEN New England and he is also the co-chair of the Diversity Committee (PEN). Sylvain has been widely published work.

EUNICE HEATH TATE was born in Jamaica and now lives and writes in Florida. She is the author of Background Noises, a collection of poetry. Her fiction, poetry and essays appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and journals, including The Caribbean Writer and MaComere. Her non-fiction book Scraping My Heartis to be published soon.

JANET ARELIS QUEZADA is an Afro-Dominican poet and performer who dreams intensely of words and music, women and good Caribbean food. She is exploring identity, politics, family, love y todo eso in her poetry and acting. She has been published in the University of New Mexico Journal Issue number 9 and most recently in a chapbook for the San Francisco Women Against Rape event on June 2nd. She reads locally to benefit the struggle to liberate Vieques from U.S. Naval Occupation and is inspired by Audre Lorde to live life with meaning.

LOURDES VAZQUEZ is a Puerto Rican short story writer, poet and essayist living in New York. Her books Las Hembras, La rosa mecdnica, and Historias de Pulgarcito are well known. Her work had been published in various anthologies, journals and newspapers. Among the latest Revista Casa Las Americas (Cuba) Periplo (Mexico), Cuadernos delMatematico (Spain), Conversacion entre escritoras del Caribe hispano. (NY: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2000); Libertad condicional. (Mexico: Luciernaga, 2000); Caribbean Creolization: Reflections on the Cultural Dynamics of Language, Literature and Identity (Florida University and West Indies University, 1998) and Winds of Change: Women Writers from the Caribbean (Peter Lang, 1998).

JENNIFER WALCOTT grew up in Jamaica where she taught English and worked in community development. She now lives in Toronto where she teaches English and takes sustenance from the women in her writing group.

CHRISTOPHER WINKS is a writer and translator. His translation of the Cuban playwright Alberto Pedro's controversial play Manteca appeared in TDR T-149 (Spring 1996). He is presently working on a study entitled Golden Lands, Magic Cities: (Trans)Figurations of Utopia in Caribbean Literature.

ENITH MARTIN WILLIAMS was born in James Hill, Clarendon, Jamaica. At age 11 she migrated with her family to New York City. A Graduate of Williams College she attended Fordham University Graduate School of Education. In 1995 Enith returned with her two children to live in Jamaica. She has had a number of short stories published in the "Jamaican Observer Arts Magazine" and her short story "Patrick" was published in "Bearing Witness, the Best of the Observer Arts Magazine" an Anthology published by the Jamaica Observer Newspaper. Enith began writing in the year 2000.