- Ph.D., African and Diasporic Literatures, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
- M.A., Africana Studies, New York University
- M.A., Creative Writing, University of Colorado, Boulder
- B.Mus., Piano Performance, University of Colorado, Boulder
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Course Leader, MA Creative Writing
Carolyn's research areas include twentieth-century African and Diasporic literature, in particular, the study of literary aesthetics in relation to diasporas and migrations, and the social and historical contexts of literary production in Africa and its diaspora. The topic of her doctoral thesis, entitled 'Cross-Cultural Innovations in African and African Diasporic Literature: Creation, Production and Reception of Transgressive Texts', is the production of innovations in the African and Diasporic literary field. Carolyn has conducted fieldwork in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Jamaica, and Ghana. She is currently writing a book on innovations in African and Diasporic literature.
She has written two novels and a collection of short stories and is working on a third novel. Her fiction is innovative in style and has appeared in literary journals in the US and the UK that are known for experimental writing. She has won several grants and awards for both her creative and academic work. Her novel INTO THE SILENCE the fishing story is forthcoming with Red Hen Press in Los Angeles.
Carolyn has taught literature and writing classes for twenty years at universities in the US and the UK. She designed the MA Creative Writing Programme at London Metropolitan University, which she has been convening since 2009. Before coming to London Metropolitan she taught at several universities in the US including the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Undergraduate modules currently and recently taught:
- Language and Genre: Prose HZ1001N (Convenor)
- Reading into Writing HZ1H04N (Convenor)
- Approaches to Writing HZ1003N (Convenor)
- Prose Fiction HZ2003N (Convenor)
- The Editorial Process HZ2006N
Publishing Creative Writing HZ3008N (Convenor)
Postgraduate modules currently and recently taught:
- Creative Writing HUP006N (Convenor)
- New Alternatives in Writing and Publishing HUP077N (Convenor)
- Reading and Writing the Narrative HUP085N (Convenor)
- Narratives of the City HUP086N (Convenor)
- MA Creative Writing Project HUP078N (Convenor)