Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Warwick University, UK (2008)
Ph.D., History, The University of the West Indies (St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago). Thesis Title: “The Hidden History of Trinidad: Underground Culture in Trinidad, 1870-1970”(2007)
M.A., Literatures in English, The University of the West Indies (St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago). Thesis Title: “Contextualizing Caribbean Critical Theory”(2002)
B. Sc., Economics, The University of the West Indies (St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago) (1991)
Adjunct Lecturer 2003 - 2010
University of the West Indies, Centre for Creative & Festival Arts (CCFA), Faculty of Humanities, and Department of Psychology. Delivered courses and lectures in contemporary theatre, and media and cultural studies. Designed and taught in 2009 “Literature & Psychology: Creative Writers as Proto-Psychologists”.
COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA
Advisor: Social and Cultural Affairs 2010
To the Chairman Emeritus of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies in Trinidad. Advised the Chairman on issues of quality, content, and branding, relating to the media companies in the group—radio, television, and press.
Media Consultant 2004 – Present
Designed editorial audit and assessment of editorial practices for the Trinidad Guardian. Also wrote speeches, editorial copy on a variety of topics, ranging from political speeches on the need for Constitutional reform, to a 20,000-word narrative on the history of theatre in Trinidad. Clients include the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, and the Ministry of National Security.
Critic, Columnist 2001 - 2004
Trinidad Express Newspaper. Wrote theatre & literary criticism as well as editorials and articles on a range of subjects, including business, politics, theatrical and literary criticism, and current events.
Freelance Writer/Editor 1991 - 2001
Various publications. Journalist for Trinidad Guardian, freelance journalist for the Trinidad Express; contributed to the Hansib and Insight Guides to Trinidad & Tobago (London, 1998); and Business T&T. Occasional pieces published in the London Guardian, Islands magazine, Hemispheres magazine, Caribbean Week, Caribbean Beat.
Breaking the News: Media and Culture in Trinidad, Trinidad: Lexicon, 2005
“Underground History: The Hostile, Recalcitrant Past”, in Breaking New Ground, (eds Daive Dunkley et al), Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2010 (Forthcoming)
“The Short Story and the Colonial Imagination in the Work of the Beacon Group in Trinidad” in The Caribbean Short Story, Critical Perspectives (eds Mark McWatt et al), Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2011 (Forthcoming)
“The Moment Before the Dawn”,— A new introduction to the classic Caribbean novel, A Morning at the Office, by Edgar Mittelholzer, Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2010 (Forthcoming)
New Perspectives in Caribbean Tourism, chapter on “Tourist Nationalism in Trinidad”, (eds Marcella Daye et al) New York: Routledge, 2008
The Gowanus Anthology, chapters on “Snapshots of Elsewhere” and “The Magic Eye” (ed Thomas Hubschman), New York: Gowanus Books, 2001
“Gordon Rohlehr and the Culture Industry in Trinidad”, in Small Axe: A Journal of Criticism: Special Issue on Gordon Rohlehr, (Forthcoming, 2011)
“The Return of the Critic: The West Indian Novel in 2004”, in The Arts Journal, Vol. 1, No 2, Georgetown: The Arts Forum, 2005
“A Destructive Freedom” (essay) in The Trinidad & Tobago Review, St Augustine: Trinidad & Tobago Institute of the West Indies, June 2005
“The New Nationalism” (essay), in The Trinidad & Tobago Review (ibid) November 2004
“Meeting Derek Walcott” (essay) Mangrove, No 13, Miami: University of Miami, 2004
“The Architectonics of Nationalism”(essay) in The Trinidad & Tobago Review, St Augustine: Trinidad & Tobago Institute of the West Indies, June 2004
“Criticism and the Crisis of Reading”(review essay of Carnival Messiah) in The Trinidad & Tobago Review (ibid) September 2003
“Tenacity and Passion” (review essay on Earl Lovelace’s Growing in the Dark), in The Trinidad & Tobago Review, (ibid) June 2003
“Calypso Poetics” (essay) in The Trinidad & Tobago Review (ibid) May 2003
“Interview with Derek Walcott” in The Trinidad & Tobago Review (ibid) April 2003
“V.S. Naipaul: A Life in Full”, in Caribbean Quarterly: Special Issue on V.S. Naipaul, (ed, Bhoe Tewarie) June-December 2002, Kingston: UWI, Mona
The Island Quintet: A Sequence (Fiction) Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2009 (short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, Caribbean & Canada, 2010)
American Fall (Poetry) Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2007
“Young Poet”, “American Fall”, “Rhyming Dante”, “Irony”, (poetry) Mangrove, No 13 Miami: University of Miami, 2004
“Museum Piece” (poetry) Poui: Cave Hill Literary Annual, Cave Hill: Department of Literature, 2002
“Ishmael” (poetry) The Caribbean Writer, Vol. 11, 1997
Paradiso, performed in June 2003, at the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon, UK
CONFERENCES & LECTURES
“The Emotional Economy of the Caribbean—A Preliminary Assessment”: University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI), 2010
“The Media and the Creation of a False Public History in Trinidad”: Society for Caribbean Studies, Nottingham, UK, 2005
“Cyborg Carnivals: Some Notes on Laughter in the Post-Human Caribbean”: Society for Caribbean Studies Conference, Liverpool, UK, 2003
“Art and the New Colonialism: A Study of Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA7) in Trinidad and the Implications of its Practice for Caribbean Art”: Presented at the Caribbean Studies Conference, University of Antwerp, Holland, 2003.
“Art, Politics and Ethnicity in Trinidad”: Presented at Northeastern Illinois University’s “Where Choice is Born” Conference, Chicago, US, 2002
“Far from the Brahmin Crowd: Notes on the Construction of the Trinidad Indian with Reference to the Novels of Harold Sonny Ladoo”: Presented at the University of the West Indies Conference on Indo-Caribbean Literature, St Augustine, Trinidad, 2000.
Public Lectures (Trinidad)
“Indians, Democracy and the Law” Presented at the GOPIO-organised Indian Arrival Day Conference 2008
“Indian Ontology in Literature and History” Presented at the GOPIO-organised Indian Arrival Day Conference 2006
“The Polished Hoe” Feature Address at the Trinidad Launch of The Polished Hoe, by Austin Clarke, delivered at the National Museum Annex, September 2003
“How to Read Caribbean Culture” Lecture given to the Convocation of Caribbean and Latin American British Council Representatives, British High Commission, Port of Spain, September 2003
C Co Commonwealth Prize 2010, Shortlisted for Best First Book, Canada & the Caribbean (only Caribbean writer on the list).
Post-graduate Scholarship, UWI, St Augustine, 2006-7 (History)
Radio Drama Writing Fellowship, British Broadcasting Corporation, London, 2003
Private Fellowship (Sept 2000-Dec 2000), in poetry and drama to Boston University (Massachusetts, USA) awarded and funded by Derek Walcott
Vera Rubin Fellowship in Creative Writing to Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, NY (1994-1995).