Trinidadian-American, Kelvin Christopher James holds a B.Sc. from the University of West Indies (St. Augustine campus), and a doctorate in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Born in Port of Spain and grown up in Arima, Kelvin has been an apprentice research scientist, hitched his way around the Caribbean archipelago, and found time to be a national athlete. Eventually in New York he decided to pursue the writer’s life. In 1989, he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. In 1996, was granted a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in literature. From 1992 through 1996, and managed through the Board of Education, each year he donated approximately $3000 to New York City high-schoolers for his eponymous annual writing awards. He lives in Harlem.