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Merle Collins


Born in Aruba in 1950 to Grenadian parents, Collins was taken to Grenada shortly after her birth and grew up there. She did a degree in English and in Spanish at The University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, before returning to Grenada as a teacher. She has also taught in St Lucia. In 1980 she was awarded a Masters in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, USA.  She holds a Ph.D. in Government from the London School of Economics, University of London.

During the period of the Grenada Revolution, she served as a coordinator for research on Latin America and the Caribbean for the government of Grenada. She left Grenada in 1983 and taught for many years at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is now Professor Emerita.

Her novels include Angel (1987), The Colour of Forgetting (1995), and most recently Ocean Stirrings: A Work of Fiction in Tribute to Louise Langdon Norton Little, Working Mother and Activist, Mother of Malcolm X and Seven Siblings (2023).

She has also published three collections of poems, a collection of short fiction, a biography of Grenada Governor-General Dame Hilda Bynoe, and several critical essays.

She is writer in residence at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, in March 2024

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