Colin Channer: Novelist and Literary Activist
In 1998, his debut novel Waiting In Vain, was selected as a Critic’s Choice by the Washington Post Book World, which described it as a “clear redefinition of the Caribbean novel.”
The novel was also selected as Book of the Summer by Time Out New York and excerpted in Hot Spots: The Best Erotic Writing In Modern Fiction, which placed Channer in the company of writers such as Russell Banks, E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace.
Described as “Bob Marley with a pen instead of Gibson guitar,” Channer was born in Jamaica and lives in New York.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, the only literary festival in the Caribbean. The annual three-day festival of readings and live music, which began in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, in 2001 and has won high praise from leading media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the New York Times (“a world-class Caribbean literary festival”), the Associated Press (“one of the most vibrant literary festivals to come around in a long time”) and Britain’s Times Literary Supplement (“Calabash is a serious festival with serious literary merits.”).
- “An author believes in giving back: Inspired by Bob Marley,” By Dwayne Campbell, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 2006.
- Colin Channer, Interview, by Robert Fleming, African American Literature Book Club, July 9, 2006
- A converstion with Colin Channer, African American Literature Book Club.
- Interview with Colin Channer, Jamaicans.com, February 1, 2003.
- Calabash Writer’s Workshop set to begin, The Jamaican Observer, September 10, 2006.
- Colin Channer: Iron Balloons, Morphological Confetti, July 14, 2006.
- Calling all poets of the Caribbean, The Independent, January 1, 2006.