Robert Antoni was born in America of Trinidadian parents and grew up largely in the Bahamas. He is the author of five books: Divina Trace, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel in 1992, Blessed is the Fruit, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Carnival, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book in 2005 and As Flies to Whatless Boys, for which he was the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, winner of the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015. His latest novel, Cut Guavas, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2018 and is longlisted for the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Robert holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA and PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School University.