Jamaica Kincaid is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. Born in Antigua, the acclaimed writer first gained recognition for her “Talk of the Town” pieces and short stories published in The New Yorker in the late 1970s. She published her first book, At the Bottom of the River, a collection of short stories, in 1981. Her first novel, Annie John, was published four years later, and made her a literary sensation. Kincaid is also the author of Lucy, My Garden, and A Small Place, an indictment of tourism and colonialism. Her forthcoming novel, See Now Then—her first in ten years—is a tale of marriage and family that examines how the passing of time operates on the human consciousness.
Frances Phillips is program director for arts and the Creative Work Fund at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco. She is the author of three small press books, co-editor of the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, and former poetry review editor for The Hungry Mind Review.