ANDRENE BONNER is the author of OLYMPIC GARDENSShe is a Jamaican-born, U.S. based educator, award winning author, producer, director, singer, songwriter, poet, folk life specialist, and an accomplished actress. She holds a Master of Science in Education with Distinction, Master of Arts in Language and Literacy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Dance with an Option in Acting and Directing.   

 Bonner’s writings have been published in Kapu-Sens: California State University Northridge Literary Journal, Carib Press News Magazine, Café Africana Journal, and will appear in the November 2009 issue of The Caribbean Writer. Her recently published coming-of-age book, Olympic Gardens, is set in Jamaica and tells the story of a young boy’s displacement, literacy, family, friendship, and hope. It received the prestigious 2009 Lorna Goodison Caribbean Award for Transformative Literature on June 14, 2009 at the Tamarind Festival of Caribbean Literature in Washington, D.C. Her collection of poems, Cloud Burst in Major and Minor Chords, is slated for publication later this year. In celebration of the 2009 Caribbean American Heritage Month, she was the featured author on the Organization for American States’—OAS Radio: The America’s Today where she discussed her new book and personal journey.

 Ms. Bonner is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Professional Association in Education (PDK), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), NAACP New York Chapter, and the Poetry Society of America (PSA), and the Los Angeles Women in Music. She teaches English at Mount Vernon High School in Westchester County, New York. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Caribbean World Arts and Culture, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to research, advocacy, preservation, and exhibition of works that reflect the Caribbean experience. 


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