NGC BOCAS South Authors 2014

The 2014 NGC Bocas South includes a line-up of over 30 writers, speakers, and performers.

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Angelo Bissessarsingh

Historian
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Angelo Bissessarsingh is a historian from Siparia,Trinidad. He is the founder of the Virtual Museum of Trinidad and Tobago heritage resource, and writes a column titled “Back in Time” for the Trinidad Guardian.
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Ayanna Gillian Lloyd

Writer
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Ayanna Gillian Lloyd is an essayist and fiction writer from Trinidad & Tobago. She is an alumna of the Cropper Foundation Residential Workshop, and is featured in the 2014 ‘Who’s Next?’ segment for emerging writers at Bocas Lit Fest. She was shortlisted for Wasafiri’s 2014 New Writing Prize in the Life Writing category. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
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Barbara Jenkins

Writer
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Barbara Jenkins is a Trinidadian writer known mostly for short stories and life writing. She is the winner of multiple awards, including the Caribbean region prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2010 and 2011, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Life Writings, and the 2013 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize. Sic Transit Wagon is her debut book.
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Caron Asgarali

Writer
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Caron Asgarali is a Chemistry teacher from Vistabella. She was the victim of a violent crime in January 2013. She shares her story of being shot, recuperation and spiritual renewal in her memoir From Lion to Lamb as a means of imbuing hope in others.
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Cynthia Birch

Writer
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Cynthia Birch never thought she could write fiction. A one-day workshop at NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2014 changed that. An English and French teacher, Cynthia has usually written prose, such as letters to the Editor of daily newspapers on burning issues. Recently Cynthia has concentrated on showing why a sound command of Standard English is needed at times. She also does proof reading. Her writing of fiction has only just begun.
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David Sammy

Actor
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David Sammy is an actor from South Trinidad and the Principal of Tableland Secondary School.
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Elisha Efua Bartels

Writer
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Elisha Efua Bartels is a writer, editor, teacher, performer, stage manager and director. She has been published in the Trinidad Noir collection.
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Elizabeth Walcott - Hackshaw

Writer
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Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw is a Trinidadian writer, daughter of the Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. She received a doctorate in French Literature and is now a senior lecturer and coordinator at UWI, St Augustine, specializing in francophone Caribbean literature and nineteenth-century French poetry. This year she is launching her new novel, Mrs B.
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Eric Lewis

Historian
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Eric Lewis, nicknamed the Prince of Moruga, has been researching the pre and post-colonial history of Moruga and the activities of the First Peoples in that area of South Trinidad. He found his first archaeological site in 2002, and has since amassed a collection of relics. Lewis founded the St Vincent Ferrer Society (SVFS) in 2005, which has assisted in the revitalising of the St Peter's celebration in collaboration with the Grand Chemin Fishing Association and the Moruga 500 committee.
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Errol Sitahal

Actor
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Errol Sitahal is an actor/director for stage, TV and film. He has performed locally and internationally in Canada, Hollywood and the Caribbean. Apart from the stage, he has appeared in Hollywood's A Little Princess, and as Kumar's father in the Harold and Kumar movies and in the Canadian series 'How to be Indie' and '11 Cameras'. He recently received an acting award from the New York First Run Film Festival for his role in the movie Doubles with Slight Pepper. Locally he has played the role of Sookdeo in the Iere Theatre’s production of Samuel Selvon’s A Brighter Sun.
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Felix Edinborough

Pierrot Grenade
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Felix Edinborough, a former school principal, is also Trinidad’s best known practitioner of the traditional Pierrot Grenade Carnival character.
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Gyasi Gonzales

Crime Reporter
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Gyasi began his career at the Daily News Limited, Newsday in January 1996 as one of their crime/court reporters. There he was trained by some of the best - Therese Mill, John Babb and Ian Gooding. By 1997, he was venturing out on crime assignments alone, giving him a unique insight into the up close and personal of Trinidad's mostly hidden underbelly. He has been with the Trinidad Express since 2000.
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Hazel Manning

Historian
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Hazel Manning is a former Cabinet Minister in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Her father, the late educator, Mr. Albert Boysie Huggins conducted considerable research into the "Companies" of black American soldiers who settled in Trinidad in 1812. Mrs. Manning has done immense work in furthering the understanding and appreciation of Merikin history. She is currently involved in a comprehensive revision of her father's book. Mrs. Manning is a board member of the Merikin Ltd. Foundation.
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Jan Westmaas

Travel writer
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Jan Westmaas, linguist, teacher and traveller extraordinaire, chronicles his experiences of 40 years of travelling the world from 1972 - 2013, in his new book Out of the Box: Tales of Travel.
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Jannine Horsford

Writer
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Jannine Horsford has been writing poetry for more than twenty years. She is an instructor in English and is currently working on a poetry collection. She also has hopes of publishing a short story collection in the near future. Most recently, she has had poems published in Susumba’s Bookbag and The Caribbean Writer. She is originally from Tobago but has lived in Trinidad for most of her life.
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Karen Lord

Writer
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Karen Lord, Barbadian research consultant and author, is known for her multiple award winning novels Redemption in Indigo (Frank Collymore Literary Award 2008, Bocas Prize 2011 longlist) and The Best of All Possible Worlds (Frank Collymore Literary Award 2009). Her third novel The Galaxy Game will be published in January 2015.
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Kenneth Ramchand

Academic & Literary Critic
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Kenneth Ramchand, born in South Trinidad, 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.
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Kevin Baldeosingh

Writer
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Kevin Baldeosingh is a newspaper columnist and author. He has published numerous short stories, a play, and three novels, most recently The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar. In 2000 and 2001 he was regional Chairperson for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Canada/Caribbean).
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Kevin Jared Hosein

Writer
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Kevin Jared Hosein is a writer and poet whose short story “The Monkey Trap” is featured in Peepal Tree Press and Akashic Books’ anthology, Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. His poem, The Wait is So, So Long, was adapted into a short film which was awarded a Gold Key at the New York-based Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Littletown Secrets is his debut book.
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Kirk Budhooram

Writer
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Kirk Budhooram holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from UWI, St. Augustine. He has two novels published, The Festival and Ibis Agents. His latest manuscript, tentatively named Roots Run Deep and Other Stories is his first attempt at a serious literary work of fiction. He is a local filmmaker, having won the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: BEST SHORT FILM at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2007 for his work on a short comedy, Herman’s Tales: Kidnapped. His latest short movies can be seen on www.youtube.com/kirkbud.
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Kumar Mahabir

Biographer
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Kumar Mahabir, author of the authorized biography Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad & Tobago, is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Education Programmes at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). He obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, and his B.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Literatures in English from The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine.
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Lisa Allen-Agostini

Writer
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Lisa Allen-Agostini is a writer of fiction and poetry, and co-editor of the celebrated anthology Trinidad Noir (2008). She is a columnist with the T&T Guardian and edits the Sunday arts supplement. She recently spent three weeks in Glasgow, based at the Mitchell Library, researching the lives of two 19th-century Scottish immigrants to Trinidad and is working on her first historical fiction novel.
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Michael Cozier

Writer
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Michael Cozier is a writer from Icacos, Trinidad. His latest novel, Putting Up A Resistance!, is the colonial era tale of an East Indian Boy and an African girl who tackle the divide and rule system on a coconut estate in deep south Trinidad.
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Pauliana Padmore

Singer/ songwriter
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Pauliana Padmore is a talented young musician and songwriter. More than an entertainer, she uses music to participate in community outreach with organizations such as The 2 Cents Movement, The Empress Foundation and Quays: the Vibesquad. She is currently competing in the 2014 Digicel Rising Stars Competition.
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Philip Murray

Calypsonian
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Philip Murray, aka Black Sage, is a calypsonian renowned as master of extempo singing.
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RSA Garcia

Writer
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RSA Garcia’s debut novel Lex Talionis, a sci-fi mystery, was released in May 2014 and won a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and advanced praise. Her short story 'Douen Mother' was a quarter-finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest in 2004 and was published by the online magazine, Abyss and Apex, in 2006. In 2012, her short story 'The Bois' received an Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. She continues to live and work in Trinidad and Tobago with an extended family and far too many dogs.
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Satnarayan (“Sat”) Maharaj

Writer
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Satnarayan (“Sat”) Maharaj is a religious and cultural leader in Trinidad and Tobago. He is the Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, the major Hindu organisation in the multi-ethnic society. A controversial and often criticized figure, Sat is also hailed as a champion of Hindus and Indians in the country and has been described as the most influential and longest-serving Hindu spokesman outside of India. His biography was launched in October 2014.
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Sharon Millar

Writer
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Sharon Millar is the winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and her story is published in the Pepperpot anthology. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Lesley University, Massachusetts.
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Shivanee Ramlochan

Writer
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Shivanee Ramlochan is a poet, arts reporter, literary reviewer, and official Bocas blogger.
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Tanya Shirley

Poet
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Tanya Shirley is a Jamaican poet was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, USA. She currently teaches in the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona, where she is also a PhD Candidate. Her debut poetry collection, She Who Sleeps With Bones (Peepal Tree Press) was a Jamaican bestseller in 2009. Her second poetry collection, The Merchant of Feathers (Peepal Tree Press) is due out in November, 2014. She is a Cave Canem Fellow.
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Vashti Bowlah

Writer
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Vashti Bowlah’s short stories and articles have appeared in various publications, including St. Petersburg Review, The Caribbean Writer, Poui, and St. Somewhere Journal. She was awarded The Caribbean Writer’s David Hough Literary Prize, and is a Pushcart nominee. Her first book of short fiction, Under the Peepal Tree, was launched at 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
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Zahra Gordon

Poet
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Zahra Gordon is poet from La Brea, Trinidad. Her work has been published in literary journals such as Amistad, Mantis and Phati’tude. She is one of our 2014 Who’s Next? writers.