Keith Jardim is from Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. He has a BFA and MFA in literature and writing from Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a Merit Fellowship for his MFA; his PhD is from the University of Houston. He’s won a James Michener Fellowship, the Paul Bowles Fiction Award, and a C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship and been shortlisted for American Short Fiction’s Award and Glimmer Train’s Open Fiction Contest. His fiction and essays are in Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Wasafiri, The Antigonish Review, Trinidad Noir, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Southeast Asian Review of English, The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories, Kultur, Short Story, The Caribbean Review of Books, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Caribbean Quarterly and many other publications. He’s taught at universities and colleges in the USA, the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Middle East, and Malaysia. Jardim’s first book, Near Open Water: Stories was a semifinalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature; later that year, it was included on World Literature Today’s Nota Bene list, among other honors. He’s an assistant professor of English Literature at American University of Iraq, Baghdad.