Contributor Bios

NourbeSe Philip

NoubeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist and playwright who lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto. She practised law in the City of Toronto for seven years before leaving to write. She has published five books of poetry, including the seminal, She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks, one novel and three collections of essays. Her most recent work of poetry, Zong!, is a genre-breaking exploration of memory, history and the transatlantic slave trade. Among her awards are the Pushcart Prize (USA), the Casa de las Americas Prize (Cuba), the Tradewinds Collective Prize (Trinidad and Tobago), the Lawrence Foundation Prize for short fiction (USA), as well as the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award. Her play, Coups and Calypsos, was a Dora Award (Canada) finalist.   She is a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry (USA), a McDowell Fellow and a Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio) Fellow .