Antoni was born in the United States to Trinidadian parents and largely grew up in the Bahamas. He is a former Associate Professor of Caribbean Literature at the University of Miami and Associate Director of the Caribbean Writer’s Summer Institute. Antoni was awarded the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Novel. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Conjuctions and other periodicals, as well as anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories. His short story "My Grandmother's Tale of How Crab-o Lost His Head" was awarded the 1999 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction by The Paris Review.
His most recent novel, Carnival, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Antoni was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 and he currently teaches currently teaches fiction writing at Columbia University, New York. Antoni was honoured with a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award in 2012.
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