Colin Channer was born in Jamaica and moved to New York in his teens. His major works of fiction include the novel Waiting In Vain, a Critic’s Choice selection of the Washington Post, and the story cycle Passing Through, which Junot Diaz called “a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora’s finest writers.” Other books include a novella, The Girl With the Golden Shoes— “a nearly perfect moral fable” in the words of Russell Banks. Channer is the editor of two story anthologies— Iron Balloons and Kingston Noir. Kingston Noir was a Best of 2012 selection of Britain’s Spectator Magazine. So Much Things to Say, an anthology of poems, was coedited with Kwame Dawes. Channer’s first collection of poems, Providential, will be published by Peepal Tree in Leeds, UK, next year.
He is the Fannie Hurst Writer in Residence at Brandeis University, and the former Susan and Donald Newhouse Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College. He led the not-for-profit Calabash International Literary Festival Trust as artistic director and board chairman from its birth in 2001 till 2010. His honors include the Silver Musgrave Medal. He lives in Rhode Island. His work is deeply grateful to architecture, yoga, music and film.