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    Robert Antoni’s fiction is inspired by his 200-year-long family in the West Indian island of Trinidad.  His novels include Divina Trace (1991), Blessed is the Fruit (1997), and Carnival (2005), in addition to the story collection, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales (2001).  They have been translated into Spanish, French, Finnish, and Chinese.  Antoni received the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book in 1991, and he was short-listed for this prize in the Best Overall Book category in 2005.  He received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, James Michener and Orowitz fellowships.  Antoni’s short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Paris Review, Bomb, Plowshares, and other periodicals;  it was selected as an Editor’s Choice, included in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and  chosen for the Aga Kahn Prize by the Paris Review.  He is the editor Archipelago (Conjunctions 27), an anthology of innovative Caribbean writing.  Antoni holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, an MFA and a PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa.  He taught fiction writing and literature in the MFA program at the University of Miami for nine years, and more recently at Columbia University and The New School.