Gérald ALEXIS is an art historian with a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin with an expertise is contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art and a focus on the art of Haiti, his native land. He is a Fulbright fellow and a fellowship of the Institut Canadien de Québec, PEN Canada and the Quebec chapter of PEN International. He is the author of several books, essays and monographs.

Anna Ruth Henriques is an accomplished Jamaican artist and writer. Her art, usually painted in series, and publication, The Book of Mechtilde, reflect the multiple cultural influences that make up her background. Weaving both personal and national symbols of representation the art of Anna Ruth tells the classic Caribbean tale of migration, loss and the creation of homes in distant locales. She has received glowing praise for her corpus of works and has had numerous exhibitions in both her homeland of Jamaica and abroad.

MICHELA A. CALDERARO an Associate Editor of CALABASH, teaches English and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Trieste (Italy). Ms Calderaro, whose critical works include a book on Ford Madox Ford and numerous articles on British and American writers, is currently working on Anglophone Caribbean women writers (Phyllis Shand Allfrey and Eliot Bliss among others). Her edition of unpublished poems by Eliot Bliss is due out by spring 2007.

Jorge David Capiello-Ortiz (10/sep/74 - Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a short-story writer, poet and essayist. He was president both of the literary circle La Generación del Nuevo 98, and of the student organization Colectivo Literario where he funded the Foro de Teoría y Crítica Literaria Joven. Currently, Mr. Capiello-Ortiz works as assistant director of the literary magazine El Sótano 00931 of which he is co-founder. His work has been presented on television (Programa Grado Zero) and published in anthologies and magazines in conventional format (Hostos Review #2, Periódico El Nuevo Día, Taller Literario, Antología Encuentro, El Sótano 00931) and also in electronic journals (Letras Salvajes, En la Orilla, Borinquen Literario, La Falda de Jade).

Diana Cooper-Clark, born in Kingston, Jamaica, is a Professor of English and Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has won four teaching awards, two of which are national, published numerous articles, given many conference papers internationally, and is currently writing her third book on the Jewish Diaspora to Jamaica.

Cyril Dabydeen, Guyanese-born author, has released three new books within the last year and a half, including his novel Drums of My Flesh (TSAR Publications, Toronto), and Imaginary Origins: Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK). Dabydeen’s recent essay on “Life After Indentured Labour” appeared in Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (University of Virginia Press), and his upcoming essay on a personal response to V.S. Naipaul will be featured in the Journal of Caribbean Literatures (University of Central Arkansas). Cyril teaches in the English Department, University of Ottawa.

A. Neil Deo was born near Durban, in South Africa. He is a fourth generation South African, descended from indentured servants who labored on British plantations in Natal in the 1800s. He escaped from apartheid via a Fulbright scholarship to Ohio University. Mr. Deo maintains connections with South Africa, often working in his native country, away from his family in the USA.

Zee Edgell, born and raised in Belize, is the author of Beka Lamb (Heinemann, 1982), In Times Like These (Heinemann 1991), and The Festival of San Joaquin (Heinemann, 1997). Edgell has served as the Director of the Women's Bureau in the Government of Belize (1981-82), and later as the Director of the Department of Women's Affairs (1986-87). She lectured at the University College of Belize from 1988-1989, and was a Visiting Writer in the Department of English at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia in 1993. Her short story, "My Uncle Theophilus," won The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for short fiction. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Kent State University.

Carine fabius was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1956. At the age of eight, she moved to New York City with her family. At 21, she moved to Miami, and in 1986, drove out west to California, where she lives today with her husband. She is the owner of Galerie Lakaye, a 15-year-old gallery of Haitian, Caribbean, and Latin American art. She is the author of Mehndi, The Art of Henna Body Painting, Ceremonies for Real Life, and Sex, Cheese and French Fries—Women are Perfect, Men are from France.

TIPHANIE YANIQUE GALIBER, born in St. Thomas, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University and former Fulbright scholar. She won the Mary Grant Charles Award for creative writing, the American Poetry Society Undergraduate Prize and Honorable Mention from the International Society of Poets. She taught English and writing at a local high school, was a guest instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands, and has performed and published works in Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. She recieved her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.

Laila Haidaraliwas born and raised in Trinidad and now lives in Toronto. Her poetry first appeared in The Aftermath, a collection of poems published in Trinidad. Recently, her work was featured in Tok: Writing the New Toronto Narrative, an anthology of established and emerging immigrant voices in Toronto; Cahoots Magazine, and is forthcoming in Wasafiri (UK). Laila is completing a doctoral dissertation in African American history that examines the social meanings of brown.

DRISANA Deborah Jackhas published two poetry collections, The Rainy Season (1997) and skin (2006). Her poetry has appeared in The Caribbean Writer and Calabash and has recited her work in the Caribbean, United States, South Africa at Poetry Africa and Tradewinds Literary Festival, and the in Netherlands. Deborah Jack is an Assistant Professor of Art at New Jersey City University.

Dr Kumar Mahabirreceived his BA and M.Phil. degrees in English from The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, and completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Florida. He is the author of seven books including two national bestsellers, Caribbean East Indian Recipes and Medicinal and Edible Plants used by East Indians of Trinidad and Tobago. He has recently republished his Dictionary of Trinidad Hindi and released his Caribbean Indian Folktales. Dr. Mahabir is currently working on a book on Caribbean Indian folklore figures.

Stephen Narainwas born in the Bahamas to Guyanese parents. He is currently a student in the English program at Harvard University.

JINA ORTIZ was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. She presently live in Worcester, MA, where she is a human rights activist, teacher and entrepreneur. Ms. Ortiz has been previously published in the Sahara and Afro-Hispanic Review and forthcoming in New Millennium Writings. She also received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) in support of her first developing book-length manuscript, Miss Universe.

SASSY ROSS is an aspiring poet who lives in New York.

ELVINE TOPACwas born in Istanbul, Turkey, and raised in Europe and the United States. She studied art history and the literature of exile at Boston University, and creative writing, comparative cultural studies, and new media at New York University. She is an experienced production manager with projects completed at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra in Stamford, Connecticut, the Space at Boston, Massachusetts, and at the new media firm i-Compass in New York. Her particular interest is the exploration of women’s exile and memory of the self in the performing and visual arts. Having traveled extensively in the Caribbean and the Middle East, Elvine Topac currently resides in West Hartford, Connecticut and works for the Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Sandra Del Valle is a New Yorker born of Puerto Rican parents. Her poems have appeared in Eclipse: A Literary Journal, Curbside Review, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Floating Holiday and in the anthology Red, White and Blues: New Perspectives on the American Dream edited by Virgil Suarez and Ryan G. Van Cleave. In her other role as a civil rights lawyer, Ms. Del Valle also wrote and had published the book, Language Rights and the Law: Finding our Voices.