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Cyril Dabydeen was born in Guyana, S. America, where he won the Sandbach Parker Gold Medal for Poetry and the first A.J. Seymour Lyric Poetry Prize. He was appointed the official Poet Laureate of Ottawa from 1984-87.His work has appeared in over 70 literary magazines and anthologies including the Critical QuarterlyThe Warwick ReviewPrairie SchoonerKunapipiFiction InternationalWasafiriPlanet: The Welsh InternationalistWorld Literature TodayThe Literary ReviewThe FiddleheadPrism InternationalThe Canadian Fiction MagazineThe Queen's QuarterlyBooks in CanadaThe Globe and Mail (Christmas issue); and in the Oxford, Penguin and Heinemann Books of Caribbean Verse and Fiction.His short story volumes include Jogging in Havana (1992), Black Jesus and Other Stories (1996), Berbice Crossing (1997), My Brahmin Days (2000), North of the Equator (2001), Play a Song Somebody: New and Selected Short Stories (2003), Short Stories of Cyril Dabydeen ( Classics Series/Caribbean Press/2012), and My Multi-Ethnic Friends and Other Stories (2013). He twice won the Okanagan Fiction Prize via the Canadian Author and Bookman. Dabydeen has been described as one of Canada’s most “popular post-colonial writer” (Danforth Review, Toronto).