Dr. Donna Aza Weir-Soley

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Dr. Donna Aza Weir-Soley is the President of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS) and former Coordinator of the Mellon Foundation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Pathways to the Professoriate Fellowship at Florida International University. She is also an Associate Professor of English, and affiliate faculty in African & African Diaspora Studies, Center for Women and Gender Studies and LACC at FIU. An Andrew W. Mellon and Citizens and Scholars Fellow (formerly Woodrow Wilson Fellow), Weir-Soley is the author of Eroticism, Spirituality and Resistance in Black Women’s Writings (University Press of Florida 2009 and 2015), two poetry collections, First Rain (Peepal Tree Press, 2006), and The Woman Who Knew (Finishing Line Press 2016) and co-editor of Caribbean Erotic (Peepal Tree Press, 2010 with Opal Palmer Adisa) which features essays, fiction and poetry from 62 writers from the English-speaking, Spanish-speaking and French-speaking Caribbean. Her critical and creative writings have been widely published in national and international forums including scholarly and literary journals and edited volumes.