Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer, journalist and artist currently based in Paris, France. Her first collection of stories, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary awards, and she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2015—one of 22 writers selected from a record 4,000 submissions. In 2017, the French translation of Sweetheart (Trésor) was awarded the Prix Carbet des Lycéens, chosen by students in Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique and from the Lycée International in London. Her other books include Stories from Yard and two novellas for young readers (When the Rain Stopped in Natland and Doctor’s Orders). Alecia has taught communications and creative writing at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Vesalius College) and short-story writing in Paris. As a journalist, she reports on environmental issues, culture, gender, and development for an international news agency. She is the founder and editor of Southern World Arts News (SWAN), and her own artwork has been exhibited in several countries.