Trinidadian-American, Kelvin Christopher James holds a B.Sc. from the University of West Indies (St. Augustine campus), and a doctorate in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College. He lives in Harlem, New York City. Born in Port of Spain, grown up in Arima, Kelvin left formal schooling at an early age. He worked as sole assistant to Dr. Gaston. P. Blair, a researcher of Red Ring disease (which still destroys coconut trees just at bearing age). These two were first to explain basic data such as life cycles and transmission mode of the nematodes (Aphelencus cocophilus) which cause the disease.
Beyond this life of apprentice research scientist, Kelvin enjoyed an adventurous youth, hitched his way around the Caribbean archipelago, found time to be a National athlete. Eventually visiting New York, he decided to stay and mingle. While about dis and dat, he meandered into the craft of fiction, and eventually abandoned his supervisory job at Harlem Hospital to pursue the Writer's life.
In 1989, Kelvin was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. Villard Books of Random House published Jumping Ship and Other Stories in 1992, and then Secrets, a novel, in 1993. HarperCollins published A Fling with a Demon Lover in 1996. With new options like iUniverse and Amazon, more recently - 2009 to last month - he has published novels, The Sorcerer's Drum, Web of Freedom, and Mooch, the Meek, as well as short story collections, City lives, a six-pack, and Crazy Loves, a six-pack. (More six-packs will follow in timely order.)
In 1996, he was granted a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Literature. From 1992 to 1996, and managed through the Board of Education, each year he donated about $3000 to New York City high-schoolers for his eponymous annual writing awards. Bare pockets since 1997, this giveback is presently in abeyance.