Writer Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson on the island of Antigua 🇦🇬 in 1949. Her childhood experiences of exploitation and oppression would be integral themes in her later writing.

In 1965, soon after she turned 16, Kincaid left Antigua to work as an au pair in Scarsdale, New York. She earned a high school equivalency diploma and enrolled in photography classes. After finding her writing voice through poetry to accompany her photographs, Kincaid wrote a series of articles for Ingenue magazine, interviewing celebrities about their teen years. In 1974, she began writing for the New Yorker column, “Talk of the Town.” Her first book, At the Bottom of the River (1983), gathers the stories she had published in the New Yorker between 1978 and 1979.

A prolific writer, Kincaid has won several awards and two honorary doctorate degrees. Kincaid is now a visiting professor in the department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. She was recognized for The Autobiography of My Mother (1996) in 1997 as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and the OPN Faulkner Award.
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