Thursday, October 13, 2016
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Robert Antoni is the author of books: Divina Trace, Blessed is the Fruit, My Grandmother's Erotic Folktales, Carnival, and his most recent As Flies to Whatless Boys. His fictional world is the British West Indies-the region's characters, atmosphere, history, folklore, and above all its vernacular languages; it is informed by a pan-Caribbean consciousness of race, gender, religion, and class. To create his fiction he draws upon his two hundred years of family history in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as his upbringing in the Bahamas.
Antoni's books have been widely translated, and have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and an NEA grant. His short fiction was selected as an Editor's Choice, included in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and chosen for the Aga Kahn Prize by The Paris Review. Antoni recently received the NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library and is the 2016 winner of the Bocas Prize for Caribbean literature. He holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Manhattan and teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School University and in Cedar Crest College's Pan-European MFA.
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