James Christopher Aboud was born and lives in the twin-island state of Trinidad & Tobago. He is descended from Lebanese-Syrian emigrants who migrated to the Caribbean in the 1920's. He studied english literature and then law and has worked always as a lawyer and a poet. In 1994 he was awarded the Rodway Prize for poetry offered by Derek Walcott's Rat Island Foundation and his poems have been published in various journals and magazines. Two volumes of his poetry have been published: "The Stone Rose" (Paria Publishers) and "Lagahoo Poems" (Peepal Tree Press).