Kelvin Christopher James

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Trinidadian writer Kelvin Christopher James began writing full-time in 1980. Prior to that he taught high school science in Sangre Grande before emigrating to New York, where he worked as a lab technician at Harlem Hospital Center and eventually earned a Ph.D. in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His background in zoology contributes richly to the lush, sensual landscapes in both of his works.

In his debut collection of short stories—Jumping Ship and Other Stories—James paints a bold canvas of savage sexuality, physical and mental incarceration, and bloody revenge. The first five stories are set in the Caribbean, followed by two transitional tales of immigrants making the difficult adjustment to a new country. The remaining stories take place in a hard-edged, gritty Harlem. At a first glance, the collection appears desultory in theme. But a closer look reveals an intriguing evocation of ritual that is a unifying thread through most of the stories—in the intense games of sibling rivalry in “Littleness;” in the rote cruelties of the street in “Guppies;” in the inscrutable circumstances of an Obeah voodoo ceremony in “Tripping.” These rituals, both terrifying and essential, bring into sharp relief the visceral quality of life for many of the characters. Read the entire biography by Lynda Schrecengost at Brief Biographies.

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6 Books by Kelvin Christopher James

Book Cover Augments of Change by Kelvin Christopher James

Augments of Change

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Book Cover Web of Freedom by Kelvin Christopher James

Web of Freedom

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Book Cover The Sorcerer’s Drum by Kelvin Christopher James

The Sorcerer’s Drum

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Book Cover Fling with a Demon Lover by Kelvin Christopher James

Fling with a Demon Lover

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Book Cover Jumping Ship and Other Stories by Kelvin Christopher James

Jumping Ship and Other Stories

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