Colin Channer

Johanna Lawshea

Colin Channer was born in Jamaica to a pharmacist and cop. Junot Díaz calls him “one of the Caribbean Diaspora’s finest writers.” His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review, The Common, and Renaissance Noire, among other places. His many books of prose include the novella The Girl with the Golden Shoes, “a very moving and mesmerizing journey” in the words of Edwidge Danticat. Channer’s debut poetry collection, Providential (Akashic Books), draws on his knowledge of Jamaican culture, on his complex relationship with his father and frames these poems within the constantly humane principles of Rasta and reggae.