Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of '25), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichment to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."
March 27- June 3, 2015
Photo taken by Trinidadian photographer, Marlon James
Bernardine Evaristo is an author of great talent and versatility whose work is marked by experimentation, daring and subversion of the myths of Afro-diasporic identities. She is the author of seven books, most recently of Mr. Loverman, (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, 2013 & Akashic Books, USA, 2014)a novel about a 74 year old Caribbean London man who is a closet homosexual. Additionally, Evaristo is an editor, essayist, dramatist and critic. Her writing spans the genres of prose novels, a novel-with-verse, a novella, poetry, non-fiction, criticism and radio and theatre drama. Her fiction, poetry and essays are published widely in a variety of publications and anthologies.
Born in Woolwich, south east London, the fourth child of eight children, to an English mother and Nigerian father, Evaristo gravitated to theatre in her youth at Greenwich Young People’s theatre, and creative writing, eventually earning a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her childhood and family history formed the basis of her novel-in-verse, Lara, (Bloodaxe 2009 and ARP 1997).
Her awards include the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, EMMA Best Book Award, Big Red Read Award, Orange Youth Panel Award, NESTA Fellowship Award and The Arts Council of England Writers’ Award 2000. Her books have been a ‘Book of the Year’ thirteen times in British newspapers and The Emperor’s Babe (Penguin 2001) was a (London) Times ‘Book of the Decade’. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, and she received an MBE in the Queens’ Birthday Honours List in 2009.
At Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow for all of Spring term 2015, Bernardine Evaristo is teaching a Creative Writing course in the English department.
Last Updated: 3/17/15