Place of birth
Trinidad and Tobago
Place of residence
Trinidad and Tobago
National identity
Trinidad and Tobago

Keith Jardim

Short biography
Keith Jardim’s stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Mississippi Review, Denver Quarterly, Caribbean Beat, Trinidad Express, Caribbean Quarterly, Kyk-Over-Al, BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, The Antigonish Review, Trinidad and Tobago Review, Trinidad Guardian, Atlanta Review, Short Story, Wasafiri, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Tell Tales 4: The Global Village, Trinidad Noir, The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writing, The Arts Journal, and Kultur. In 2008 he was invited to read at the 10th International Short Story Conference in Cork, Ireland.

He has a BFA and MFA in literature and writing from Emerson College in Boston, a PhD from the University of Houston’s creative writing and literature programs, and has taught at universities in the USA, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He currently teaches fiction workshops at the Naipaul House in Trinidad, and English and literature at UWI’s Open Campus.

Near Open Water was a semi-finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, 2012; later that year it made the Nota Bene list of World Literature Today and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His short stories have won a James Michener Fellowship (University of Miami), a C. Glen Cambor Fellowship (University of Houston), a Merit Fellowship (Emerson College), a Paul Bowles Fiction Award (Georgia State University), and been shortlisted for an American Short Fiction Contest and Glimmer Train’s Open Fiction Contest.

Author photograph: Mauricio D. Aguilera Linde (Kinsale, Ireland)