About Me


Cynthia James

Hello, I’m Cynthia James. I’m a Trinidad-Canadian poet, novelist and short story writer. 

I’m also a Ph. D English graduate of Howard University, Washington, D. C. 

My latest publication is a novel entitled, I Dreamt You Planting Corn and Marigolds (2023), and Watermarked (2014) is my latest poetry collection. Additionally, I have two published novels, Sapodilla Terrace (2006) and Bluejean: A Novel (2000). Earlier work includes a collection of short stories, Soothe Me Music, Soothe Me (1990), and three poetry collections: La Vega and Other Poems (1995), Vigil: A Long Poem (1995), and Iere, My Love (1990). 

I have one published work of literary criticism, The Maroon Narrative: Caribbean Literature Across Boundaries, Ethnicities and Centuries (Heinemann, 2002)

I have also been published in peer-reviewed journals and on peer-reviewed websites such as Callaloo, Jouvert, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, The Caribbean Writer, Sisters of Caliban, World Literature Today, Wasifiri, Postcolonial Text, The Massachusetts Review, sx-Salon, and 100 Poems from Trinidad & Tobago

In addition to being a writer, I’m an English professor.

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