Colin Channer

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Colin Channer is a 2-Time Bestselling Author

Colin Channer is the father of two children, Makonnen and Addis. He was born in Jamaica and educated there and in New York. His published books include; the poetry collection Providential (2015), which Eileen Myles describes as &rqquo;…one of the most lucid and telling poetry books of this exact time;” the novella The Girl With the Golden Shoes (2007) — “a nearly perfect moral fable” in the words of Russell Banks; and the national bestselling novel Waiting in Vain, a Critic’s Choice Selection of the Washington Post,  which hails it as “a clear redefinition of the Caribbean novel—in which the discourses of postcolonialism have been usurped by the creative assurance of reggae’s aesthetic…”

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Colin is the editor of the fiction anthologies Iron Balloons (2006) and Kingston Noir (2012), and coeditor of the poetry anthology So Much Things to Say (2010).

So Much Things to Say gathers work from a hundred poets who read at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, between 2001 and 2010. Colin founded the not-for-profit Calabash Trust with Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell in 2000. As artistic director and board chairman for the first ten years, Colin led the organization’s rise in world stature and local relevance by offering first-tier writing workshops, publishing seminars, film screenings, live music and readings by some of the planet’s most accomplished authors at no charge. Britain’s Independent describes the Calabash International Literary Festival as “a high-grade international event in which writing from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia forms a thought-provoking mosaic of story, history and mythology.”

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