Madeline Frances Coopsammy was born in Trinidad when it was still a British colony. She studied at Delhi University, India prior to immigration to Canada and settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1968. In 1987, she received her B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba where her graduate thesis was entitled, “The Development of a Multicultural Short Story Anthology for Grades Ten to Twelve in Canadian Schools”. Her short stories and poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Coopsammy is now retired from teaching and has more time for family and writing. She is a regular book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press, Prairie Fire, and the Indo-Canadian Telegram.