Kelvin Christopher James
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Trinidadian-American, Kelvin Christopher James holds a B.Sc. with Honors in Zoology & Chemistry from the University of West Indies (St. Augustine campus in Trinidad), and a doctorate in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
His short stories have appeared in numerous small magazines, including Quarto, BOMB, The Portable Lower East Side, Callaloo, The Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, and anthologies such as "A Junky's Christmas" (England), "L'es Jungles d'Amerique" (France), "Children of the NightóBest Short Stories by Black Writers" (USA), "Leave to Stay" (England/New Zealand).
In 1989, he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. Villard Books of Random House published Jumping Ship and Other Stories in 1992 and then Secrets, a novel, in 1993. HarperCollins published A Fling with a Demon Lover in 1996.
In 1996, Kelvin was granted a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Literature. Disappointed with the nepotism and chicanery of the publishing industry at that time, Kelvin dropped out, although he continued to write.
Now an enthusiastic supporter of independent publishing, the freedom provided through Kindle Direct Publishing has allowed him to put out eight books: four short story collections and four novels.
More works are on the way.