Tanya Shirley was born and lives in Jamaica. She is a graduate student and teacher in the Department of Literatures in English at UWI, Mona. She was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, USA. Her work has appeared in Small Axe and The Caribbean Writer an in New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology (ed. Kei Miller, Carcanet, 2007). She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a past participant in Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops. (From: www.shewhosleepswithbones.com)
Tanya’s most recent collection of poems is The Merchant of Feathers, published by Peepal Tree Press in December 2014. Her first collection, She Who Sleeps with Bones,was published by Peepal Tree Press in May, 2009.