Akhim Alexis is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago who holds an MA in Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is the winner of the Brooklyn Caribbean Lit Fest Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean. He was also a finalist for the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction and the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, The Rumpus, The McNeese Review, Transition Magazine, Chestnut Review, Juked, Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, Gordon Square Review, Moko Magazine, and elsewhere.
My hope is to contribute to the vibrant creative discourse that surrounds literature and art from the Caribbean and to engage with subjects that are usually given the cold shoulder in contemporary literature. Furthermore, I’m inspired by and hope to make real in my own way, Professor La Marr Jurelle Bruce’s definition of black radical creativity which he uniquely identifies as a mode of creativity that “signifies black expressive culture that imagines, manifests, and practices otherwise ways of doing and being—all while confounding dominant logics, subverting normative aesthetics, and eroding oppressive structures of power and feeling,”
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