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Vishnu Gosine

Vishnu Gosine was born in rural Trinidad in 1946. His grandparents were both indentured immigrants from India, working in the sugar cane fields. His father wanted to become a schoolteacher but refused to convert to Presbyterianism, then the only route for Indo-Caribbeans into the teaching service. Instead he became a foreman at a sugar factory and was very active in the sugar union, then the Sugar Industry Labour Union. Vishnu Gosine’s mother was a sugar cane worker.

After he left school, Vishnu Gosine worked as a mailboy, clerk and then as a teacher. He was one of the first graduates of the Corinth Teacher’s College. He currently works in a secondary school near Couva.

He began writing many years ago and has been as active in the encouragement of others as in pursuing his own work. He was editor of a quarterly magazine, Corlit, and for a long time has been an active member of the Writer’s Union of Trinidad & Tobago. He is a regular book reviewer in the Trinidadian press.

His stories have been published in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, Bim, The New Voices, Toronto South Asian Review, The Caribbean Writer and in a number of anthologies. His first novel, for younger readers, The Coming of Lights, was published by Peepal Tree in 1992.

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