Notes on contributors to issue 2

16 November, 2009

Nicolette Bethel is a Bahamian playwright, poet, and anthropologist who served as director of culture for the Bahamas government for five years. Her work has been published in a variety of print and online publications, including Calabash, The Caribbean Writer, Trespass, qarrtsiluni, Anti-, and The Caribbean Review of Books. She is the editor of the literary journal tongues of the ocean.

Sandra Brewster is a multimedia artist whose work explores issues concerning identity and representation. Referencing old photographs, and using storytelling and portraiture as sources of inspiration, she draws, paints, and pieces together her visual narratives. Based in Toronto, of Guyanese parentage, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from York University. Her images in this issue of Town are from a 2008 series called Strip, inspired by a poem by spoken-word artist Joseph Daly.

Ken Edwards’s books include the poetry collections Good Science (1992), eight + six (2003), No Public Language: Selected Poems 1975-1995 (2006), Bird Migration in the 21st Century (2006), Songbook (2009), the novel Futures (1998), and the prose work Nostalgia for Unknown Cities (2007). He has been editor and publisher of the small press Reality Street since 1993. He was born and grew up in Gibraltar; after thirty-five years in London, he now lives in Hastings, on the south coast of England, where he plays bass guitar with the band The Moors.

Alex Houen is co-editor of the online poetry magazine Blackbox Manifold. He has published poems in a number of magazines, including PN Review, Stride, origami condom, Great Works, Shadowtrain, and Snorkel. Born in Australia, he now lives in Britain.

Ian McDonald was born in Trinidad and has spent most of his life in Guyana. His novel The Humming-Bird Tree was published in 1969 and made into a film by the BBC in 1992. He has published several collections of poems: Mercy Ward (1988), Essequibo (1992), Jaffo the Calypsonian (1994), Between Silence and Silence (2003), and Selected Poems (2008). He has been the editor of the literary journal Kyk-Over-Al since 1984.

Vivek Narayanan is consulting editor for the online journal Almost Island and an associate editor for the Boston-based poetry annual Fulcrum. He normally works in Delhi at Sarai-CSDS, but is currently on sabbatical in Chennai. He has published a book of poems, Universal Beach (2006), and his poetry has appeared in anthologies such as 60 Indian Poets (2007), The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008), and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008).