Welcome to my supplementary website (my official site is hopelessly outdated).
I was born in Barbados. Bajan born and bred, as the saying goes. From there I migrated to the USA to pursue my studies at Baruch College, City University of New York where I earned first a bachelors degree in finance and later a masters degree in quantitative economics.
My first full-time jobs after graduation were anything but creative: research assistant at the United Nations Secretariat, statistician at the New York City Department of Investigations, and senior economist for three very long years at the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance in Albany, New York.
That, in a nutshell, is my past life (at least the wage-earning side of it). No need to dwell on it any further. I laid it to rest when I entered the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University to study under the apprenticeship of Paule Marshall.
My first novel, Flickering Shadows (Coffee House Press, 1996), began as a short story in one of Paule Marshall’s workshops, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award and was listed among the Library Journal’s top 20 first novels of 1996.
My second novel, Pictures of a Dying Man (Coffee House Press, 1999), was listed among the Village Voice’s best 25 books of 1999, won the Commonwealth of Virginia/Library of Virginia Literary Award (2000), ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award (2000), was a finalist and received honorable mention for the Gustavus Myers Book Award, and was nominated for the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts 2000.
Other awards I’ve received include the Whiting Writers Award in 2003 and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Alumnus of the Year Award in 2004.
The manuscript of my third novel... Well, let's put it this way: the way I feel about publishers right now mirrors Grans opinions about politicians, lawyers, doctors and the like (see Recently Published link).
But as the saying goes, life goes on. So, even as other characters, their idiosyncrasies and mischiefs float around inside my head I labour on my fourth manuscript, if for no other reason than to preserve the vestiges of my sanity.That, in brief, is who am.