Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw is a Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Literatures in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Her publications include Border Crossings: A Trilingual Anthology of Caribbean Women Writers (2012), co-edited with Nicole Roberts, Echoes of the Haitian Revolution 1804-2004 (2008) and Reinterpreting the Haitian Revolution and its Cultural Aftershocks (1804-2004) (2006) co-edited with Martin Munro. Four Taxis Facing North, her first collection of short stories, was published in 2007. Four Taxis Facing North was translated into Italian in 2010 by Giuseppe Sofo.
She left Trinidad at 18 years old to study at Boston University where she received a BA degree in French and English, followed by a Masters and PhD in French. Her first short story was published in 1987 whilst studying in Boston. In 1992 she returned to Trinidad, where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. Her father is the Nobel Prize for Literature winning writer Derek Walcott. She has taught French and Franco-Caribbean Literature at the University of the West Indies, and is presently the Deputy Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Education where she continues to lecture on French Caribbean Literature.