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Robert Antoni

Assistant Director of Creative Writing

Frank B. Weeks Visiting Associate Professor of English


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BA Duke University
MA Johns Hopkins University
MFA University of Iowa
PHD University of Iowa

Robert Antoni

Robert Antoni is a Frank B. Weeks Visiting Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of Wesleyan’s Creative Writing Program. He is the Trinidadian-American author of six novels and numerous short stories. His fictional world is the British West Indies—the region’s characters, atmosphere, history, folklore, and above all its vernacular languages. His work is informed by a pan-Caribbean consciousness of race, gender, religion, and class.  Robert’s novels include Divina Trace, which garnered the Commonwealth Writers Prize, as well as grants from the NEA and Mitchener Foundations, Blessed is the Fruit, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Carnival, and As Flies to Whatless Boys, which received the BOCAS Prize for Best Overall Book from the Caribbean, 2014. His most recent novel is Cut Guavas, a hybrid text written in the form of a screenplay, including movie trailers, film shorts, and graphic images, which was recognized Book of the Year in the New York Times, and was short-listed for the BOCAS Fiction Prize, 2019. Robert has also received a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Aga Kahn Prize from The Paris Review, and a NALIS Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library. His novels have been translated into five languages. He holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, an MFA and a PHD from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Robert has taught at the University of Miami, Columbia University, The New School, Long Island University, and he helped to establish and continues to teach in the low-residency Pan-European MFA Program in Creative Writing, which meets during alternate summers in Barcelona, Vienna, and Dublin. At Wesleyan he will teach fiction writing workshops, including special topics such as Magical Realism and Writing in the Vernacular.

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Office:  Downey House #216

Office Hours: Tue 5-7pm, Wed 8-9am & by appointment


Fall 2019
ENGL 296 - 01
Techniques of Fiction

ENGL 339A - 01
Intermed Fic Wkshp: Vernacular

Spring 2020
ENGL 296 - 01
Techniques of Fiction

ENGL 366 - 01
Special Topic: Magical Realism