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Andrew Jefferson-Miles

Short biography
Andrew Jefferson-Miles is a poet and painter. Andrew's publications include The Esplumeoir (poetry, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, 2001), Art of Navigation (poetry, Peepal Tree Press 2003), The Timehrian (novel, Peepal Tree Press 2002).

In Andrew's writing, intuitive belief, legend and myth make a cross-civilizationry mapping with quantum physics, philosophies of history and new hypotheses for contemporary civilization-making regions such as South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. 
Andrew’s critical writings include an important edition of Selected Essays of Wilson Harris (Routledge, 1999); contributions to the essay collections on Wilson Harris: The Wilson Harris special issue (Journal of Caribbean Literatures, 2001); Theatre of the Arts (Rodopi, 2002); Bridges Over Chasms (Rodopi, 2004); contributions to the essay collections on the Guyanese anthropologist and artist, Denis Williams: Denis Williams, a Life in Works (Rodopi, 2010); The Art of Denis Williams by Evelyn Williams (Peepal Tree Press, 2012); and a contribution to the upcoming edition Beacons of Excellence: The Edgar Mittelholzer Memorial Lectures, 1967–2012.


An Interview with Andrew Jefferson Miles, originally published in Stabroek News, Guyana

Andrew Jefferson-Miles... still dreams of Guyana

This is the third in a series of interviews by Kim Lucas with nominees for the 2002 Guyana Prize for Literature. 

""An ambitious and challengingly experimental novel; compellingly thought-provoking.""

These were the sentiments expressed on Andrew Jefferson-Miles' first novel, ‘The Timehrian'. In our continuing series on candidates for the prize, Stabroek News managed to reach the author in Orlando, Florida and via email he shared some of his thoughts with us.

SN: Is this your first nomination for such an accolade? 

Jefferson-Miles: Yes, Kim, `The Timehrian' is my first novel.

SN: Would you describe yourself as fortunate by making the shortlist? 
Jefferson-Miles: An artist feels genuine gratitude when he can encounter a careful and appreciative reading. There is an illustrious roll call of Guyanese authors, both at home and abroad, who stimulate admiration and debate in the academies of Europe and North America. It is a wonderful thing to be associated with such company. 

SN: What can you tell your readers about The Timehrian?

Jefferson-Miles: The title, The Timehrian, comes from the word `Timehri', which people associate with the site of [Guyana's international airport], and also, with Amerindian painting. The word has an Arawak root, covering the meanings: marked with the hand, painted with the hand, and painted with God's hands. The older generation will recall the mural at Timehri airport, painted by Aubrey Williams. In the book, Leon-Battista Mondaal (the fictional writer of `The Timehrian') is the Timehrian's ‘painted-with-all-colours' name. 

The fictional survivor of a freak tidal wave off the Atlantic in 1984 that inundates the East Corentyne Coast villages of Manchester, Liverpool, and Lancaster and carries away the lives of 2000 souls into the sea, Leon-Battista enters a kin