Shani Mootoo, writer, visual artist and video maker, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1957 to Trinidadian parents. She grew up in Trinidad and relocated at age 24 to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Mootoo has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta, the University of Guelph and the University of the West Indies, as a Visiting Scholar at Mills College in California, USA, and frequently speaks and read internationally. In 2008, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, hosted a “Symposium on the Fictions of Shani Mootoo in the Context of Caribbean Women’s Writings”. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.