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

Merle Hodge

Short biography
Merle Hodge is a Trinidadian writer and cultural and social activist. Her 1970 novel Crick Crack, Monkey is a classic of West Indian literature, and Hodge is acknowledged as the first black Caribbean woman to have published a major work of fiction.
Author photograph by Mark Lyndersay.

Merle Hodge was born in 1944, in Calcutta Settlement, Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago. She was educated up to secondary level in Trinidad and Tobago, and at the University of London. She has taught at secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago; in the teacher education programme of the Grenada Revolution; at The University of the West Indies (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago campuses); The University of the Virgin Islands, and the colleges Wellesley and Dartmouth in the US. Among her areas of interest are language, creative writing and family – in the Caribbean.  She is a cultural and social activist (co-founder of Women Working for Social Progress, aka “Workingwomen”); and a writer. She has published two novels: Crick Crack, Monkey and For the Life of Laetitia; short stories; papers in international journals; and a textbook, The Knots in English: A Manual for Caribbean Users.