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Artist Bio

Bio & Artist Statement
Avah Atherton, born 1989 in Trinidad and Tobago, is a cultural writer and aspiring archivist. As a
first-generation graduate, she studied journalism, linguistics, art and cultural enterprise management. Over the
past ten years, she has worked in digital marketing, creative writing, and education.
Her work explores the artistic resonance of Black and people of colour in the aftermath of indentureship
and slavery in the Caribbean. Central themes of her work include displacement, genocide, generational
trauma, and gendered social norms. This exploration takes the form of oral histories, creative nonfiction, and
poetry that honours ancestral African storytelling practises and bears witness to its evolution. Atherton’s work
combats the negative impact of centuries of exploitation and highlights the resilience of the peoples from these

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