Nadi Edwards is a lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He has published articles on West Indian literature and popular culture, and he is currently working on a book on anglophone Caribbean literary and cultural theories.
Gordon Rohlehr is professor of West Indian literature, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. He has published widely in the field of Caribbean literature and culture, and he is a recognized authority on the work of Kamau Brathwaite, the Trinidadian calypso, and West Indian poetry. He is the author of Pathfinder: Black Awakening in the Arrivants of Edward Kamau Brathwaite (1981), Calypso and Society in Pre-Independence Trinidad (1990), My Strangled City (1992) and The Shape of That Hurt (1992). He is also the co-editor of an anthology of Caribbean poetry, Voiceprint (1989).
Curren Best teaches literature and popular culture at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. He is the author of Barbadian Popular Music and his Roots to Popular Culturewill be published by Macmillan in 2001.
Curdella Forbes is a lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She has published articles on West Indian literature, postcolonial theory and Shakespeare. She is currently working a book on gender and the postmodern Caribbean.
Loretta Collinsis an assistant professor in the Department of English, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She teaches anglophone Caribbean literature, creative writing and performance studies. Her article included in this issue is based upon a chapter from a completed manuscript that examines the connections among Caribbean literature, music, popular culture and social transition.
Carol B. Duncan is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Her areas of interest include the Caribbean diaspora and religion and popular culture.
Rinaldo Walcott is associate professor of humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is the author of Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada (1997) and editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (2000). He is working on a book called “Disturbing the Peace: The Impossible Dream of Black Canadian Studies”.
Tanya Shirley is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, and the University of Maryland, College Park, where she did a master’s in creative writing. She is working on a collection of poetry, “Tongue out of Place”, and she also teaches at a high school in the Washington, D.C. area.
Mike Alleyne is an assistant professor in the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, a musician and a former broadcaster. He has published articles on Caribbean music in Popular Music and Society, Social and Economic Studies, the Bucknell Review, and the Griot.
Jan Lowe is an author resident in London. She has published two novels, many short stories, reviews and essays. She wrote previously under her married name, Shinebourne, but is reverting now to her father’s family name.