Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, United States of America
Robert Antoni was born in the United States in 1958, and he carries three passports: US, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.
He draws upon his two hundred years of family history in Trinidad and Tobago and his upbringing in the Bahamas. His first novel, Divina Trace (Quartet, 1991), received the Commonwealth Writers Prize, an NEA, and James Michener and Orowitz fellowships. His other novels are Blessed is the Fruit (Faber) and Carnival (Grove/Atlantic), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006. He also has a story collection, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales (Faber, 2000). Antoni’s short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and other periodicals, including as the Editor's Choice for The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories (1985). He was awarded the Aga Khan prize for Fiction in 1999 by The Paris Review. He holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA and a PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is a former Associate Professor of creative writing and Caribbean literature at the University of Miami, where he taught for nine years and acted as Associate Director of the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute. He lives in Manhattan and teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School University.