Jamaica Kincaid was born in Antigua in 1949. In 1965 she left for America to work as an au pair before studying photography and launching her career as a legendary author, working as a staff writer at the New Yorker from 1974 to 1996. Her first book in 1983 was the story collection At The Bottom of the River, and her acclaimed novels include Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and Mr Potter. She has also written non-fiction, such as her chronicle of her brother's battle with AIDS, My Brother, as well as My Garden and Among Flowers. She is currently Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Jamaica Kincaid and Ricardo Cortés