Writers, performers, and other participants in the 2012 NGC Bocas Lit Fest include:
Lisa Allen-Agostini is a writer of fiction and poetry, co-editor of the Trinidad Noir anthology, and founder of the Allen Prize for Young Writers.
Funso Aiyejina is a Nigerian writer based in Trinidad. He is dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Carolyn Ali is a writer of both adult and children’s books. Her latest book is Stories and Recipes from the Egg Lady.
Patti-Ann Ali has worked in the performing arts and advertising for over twenty years. She and her company Sugar House script, edit, produce, perform, and direct in both industries.
Ellah Allfrey, OBE, is the deputy editor of Granta. She is chair of the fiction judges for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Michael Anthony is the author of several novels and books of history. His Carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago from Inception to Year 2000 was published in 2011.
Andre Bagoo is a journalist and poet. His first book of poems, Trick Vessels, was published in early 2012.
Kevin Baldeosingh is a journalist and author. His last novel, The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar, was published in 2004. In 2011 he co-authored, with Radica Mahase, Caribbean History for CSEC.
Penelope Beckles is a Trinidad and Tobago Opposition Senator and former government minister.
Nicolette Bethel is a Bahamian poet, playwright, and the editor of the poetry journal tongues of the ocean. She is a poetry judge for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Rhoda Bharath is a fiction writer and a cultural studies researcher at UWI, St. Augustine, where she also lectures in African literature.
Rahul Bhattacharya is an Indian writer. His first book, Pundits in Pakistan (2005), won the Vodaphone Crossword Book Award, and his novel The Sly Company of People Who Care (2011) was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
Frank Birbalsingh is a Guyanese literary scholar. He has written extensively on Caribbean literature, and is professor emeritus at York University in Toronto. He is chair of the non-fiction judges for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Bridget Brereton is professor emerita of history at UWI, St. Augustine, and author of From Imperial College to University of the West Indies: A History of the St. Augustine Campus, among other books.
Erna Brodber is a Jamaican writer and sociologist. Her most recent novel, The Rainmaker’s Mistake, was published in 2007. She is a non-fiction judge for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Margaret Busby, OBE, is a British writer and publisher, co-founder and editorial director of the publishing firm Allison and Busby.
Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian writer of poetry and prose, based in Oxford. Her third collection of poems, Dark and Unaccustomed Words, was published in early 2012.
Roger Carter is the author of the short story collection Deep in Thought about Nothing.
Myriam Chancy is a Haitian writer and scholar. She has published three novels, most recently The Loneliness of Angels (2010), longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize and winner of the 2011 Guyana Prize for Caribbean Literature.
Willi Chen is both an artist and a writer. In 2011 he published new books of poetry and fiction: Mindscapeand GonSang.
Loretta Collins Klobah is a writer and scholar based at the University of Puerto Rico. Her first book, The Twelve Foot Neon Woman, is the winner of the poetry category of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Christopher Cozier is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Trinidad.
Fred D’Aguiar, born in London of Guyanese parents, is a poet and fiction writer, currently teaching at Virginia Tech. His books include the poetry collection Continental Shelf (2009) and the novel Bethany Bettany (2003). He is the chair of the poetry judges for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Brendan de Caires is a Guyanese literary critic based in Toronto, where he is programmes and communications co-ordinator for PEN Canada.
Shruti Debi is a literary agent with Aitken Alexander Associates, based in New Delhi.
Sonia Farmer is a Bahamian writer, author of two chapbooks. She won the 2011 Small Axe Competition in poetry, and she is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press.
Rivka Galchen is a Canadian-American writer. Her novel Atmospheric Disturbances (2008) won the William J. Saroyan International Prize. In 2010 the New Yorker named her one of the 20 best American writers under 40.
Sterling Henderson is a Trinidadian radio journalist currently based at i95.5 FM.
Kendel Hippolyte is a St. Lucian poet and playwright. His latest book, Fault Lines, was published in early 2012. He is a poetry judge for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Merle Hodge is a Trinidadian writer and academic, author of the novels Crick Crack, Monkey and The Life of Laetitia.
Basil Ince, a former Olympic athlete for Trinidad and Tobago, is the author of Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport, longlisted for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Andy Jacob is an artist, educator and independent curator. He has served as editorial consultant for several literary projects and has a special interest in the business of art.
Kim Johnson is a writer and cultural researcher, author of The Illustrated Story of Pan (2011). He is a research fellow at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and winner of a 2011 Anthony N. Sabga
Caribbean Award for Excellence.
Steve Jones is professor emeritus of genetics at University College London, author of several popular science books and winner of the Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society. His most recent book isDarwin’s Island (2009).
Roland P. Joseph is the author of the short fiction collection Prose in the Key of Life, Volume One.
Fawzia Kane is a Trinidadian poet and architect based in London. Her debut book, Tantie Diablesse, was longlisted for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
George Lamming is a Barbadian writer, one of the Caribbean’s most distinguished literary figures. He is the author of such classic works as In the Castle of My Skin (1953), The Emigrants (1954), and The Pleasures of Exile (1960). He is chief judge of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Nicholas Laughlin is editor of The Caribbean Review of Books and programme director of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
Albert Laveau, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most celebrated actors, is artistic director of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop.
Sharon Leach is a Jamaican writer, author of the short fiction collection What You Can’t Tell Him (2006), and editor of the Jamaica Observer’s “Bookends” section.
Brian Lewis is the Secretary General of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
Karen Lord is a Barbadian writer. Her debut novel, Redemption in Indigo (2010), was longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize.
Earl Lovelace is a novelist, author of the now-classic works The Dragon Can’t Dance and Salt. His novel Is Just a Movie is the winner of the fiction category of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Vladimir Lucien is a St. Lucian poet whose work has been published in BIM, tongues of the ocean, The Caribbean Review of Books, and other journals.
Llewellyn MacIntosh is a calypsonian better known by his sobriquet, Short Pants.
Rabindranath Maharaj is a Trinidadian writer based in Canada. He has published three short fiction collections and five novels, most recently The Amazing Absorbing Boy (2010), which was longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize.
Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming is a Trinidadian engineer, poet, and fiction writer, based in the Bahamas. She is the author of two poetry collections: Curry Flavour and Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems.
Tony Martin is emeritus professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and author of fourteen books, including Caribbean History: From Pre-colonial Origins to the Present (2012).
Shara McCallum is a Jamaican poet, author of four books, most recently This Strange Land, longlisted for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize. She is director of the Stadler Centre for Poetry at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Keith McNeal is an American anthropologist based at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is the author of Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean: African and Hindu Popular Religions in Trinidad and Tobago (2011).
Meiling is a Trinidadian designer, a leading figure in Caribbean fashion.
Sharon Millar is a Trinidadian fiction writer, recently graduated from the creative writing MFA programme at Lesley University in Boston.
Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, fiction writer, and essayist. He has published three books of fiction — most recently The Last Warner Woman (2010) — and three collections of poems, most recently A Light Song of Light (2010), longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize.
Gillian Moor is a singer and songwriter, founder and producer of Songshine, the popular open mic series. She is co-curator of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest performance poetry/open mic series.
Mervyn Morris is a Jamaican poet and literary scholar, author of six books of poetry, including I been there, sort of: New and Selected Poems (2006).
Wendell Mottley is a former politician, international investment banker with Credit Suisse in New York, and Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist and sports personality.
Muhammad Muwakil is a poet and actor, one of the most popular figures in the Trinidad performance poetry scene. He is co-curator of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest performance poetry/open mic series.
Stephen Narain is a fiction writer who was born in the Bahamas to Guyanese parents and moved to the United States as a teenager. He is a student in the MFA programme at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, at work on his first novel.
Achy Obejas is a Cuban-American writer based in Chicago. She has published three novels, most recentlyRuins (2009), several short story collections, and edited the anthology Havana Noir (2007). She is a fiction judge for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Joseph O’Neill is an Irish novelist based in New York City. He is the author of three novels, most recentlyNetherland (2008), which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Lester Orie is the author of the novel Ananda: Son of Hesse’s Siddhartha.
Marsha Pearce is a writer, artist, and cultural studies PhD candidate at the University of the West Indies. She is also the 2006 recipient of the Rex Nettleford Cultural Studies Fellowship.
Georgia Popplewell is a media producer and the managing director of Global Voices Online.
Kenneth Ramchand is one of the Caribbean’s most distinguished literary critics, author of the seminal study The West Indian Novel and Its Background (1970). He is professor emeritus of West Indian literature at the University of the West Indies and former president of the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Giselle Rampaul is a Trinidadian literary scholar, currently based at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Vidia Ramphal is a well-known broadcaster and sports journalist currently working at 91.1FM and CNMG.
Judy Raymond is editor in chief of the Trinidad Guardian, and author of several biographical works.
Rhoda Reddock is Deputy Principal and Professor of Gender and Development at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Monique Roffey is a Trinidadian writer based in London. Her second novel, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2010), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and her third, Archipelago, will be published in 2012.
Cecilia Salazar, winner of nine Cacique Awards, is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading actors. She recently created the lead role in Miss Miles, Tony Hall’s play about the controversial Gene Miles.
Brinsley Samaroo is a Trinidadian historian, formerly based at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and now a research fellow at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Lasana M. Sekou is the author of fifteen books of poems, fiction, and monologues, including 37 Poems(2005) and Brotherhood of the Spurs (2007). He is the founder of House of Nehesi Publishers and co-founder of the St. Martin Book Fair.
Nicha Selvon-Ramkissoon is a Trinidadian literary scholar, currently based at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Anita Sethi is a British writer, journalist, and broadcaster. She has written for the UK Guardian, theSunday Times, Granta, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a Penguin/Decibel Prize and a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.
Godfrey P. Smith is a former Attorney General and Foreign Minister of Belize. His biography George Price: A Life Revealed (2011) is the winner of the non-fiction category of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Rosemary Stone is a Trinidadian fashion designer and producer of the first Caribbean Fashion Week in 1990. Her book A Spirited Butterfly: A History of Fashion in Trinidad and Tobago was published in 2011.
Johnny Temple is a musician, and co-founder of Akashic Books, based in New York City.
Bhoendradatt Tewarie is Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Planning and the Economy. A former principal of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, he is a literary scholar by profession.
Marjorie Thorpe is a former professor of literature at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize judge. She is vice-chair of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize.
Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian writer currently based in Belgium. She writes in both Dutch and English. Her most recent novel, On Black Sisters’ Street, was published in 2009.
Rose-Ann Walker is a Trinidadian literary scholar, currently based at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Anne Walmsley is a writer specialising in Caribbean art and literature. She is co-author, with Stanley Greaves, of Art in the Caribbean: An Introduction (2010).
NB: final list of participants subject to revisions.
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