Dr Merle Hodge

Dr Merle Hodge

Occupations: Teacher; writer; activist.

Formal Education:
Ph.D. Literatures in English, University of the West Indies (2007). Doctoral thesis on “Earl Lovelace and the Evolution of Voice in the History of the Novel in Trinidad and Tobago”.
B.A. (1965) and M.Phil. (1967), University of London


Retired Senior Lecturer - Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Taught West Indian and African Diaspora Literature; Creative Writing (Prose Fiction).
 Formerly Coordinator of the English Language Foundations Programme at UWI, St. Augustine.
Teacher / lecturer at secondary and tertiary levels in four Caribbean countries from the 1970s to the present.
Ongoing: facilitator and co-facilitator of creative writing workshops.

Public Service:

Resource person in education / awareness programmes of many NGOs.
Membership on a number of public service bodies, among them:
The Advisory Council to The Academy at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs.
The Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO
Women Working for Social Progress (Workingwomen).
Board of Advocates for Safe Parenthood and Reproductive Rights (ASPIRE).

Fiction: two novels Crick Crack, Monkey (1970) and For the Life of Laetitia (1993); and some short stories.
Textbook: The Knots in English: A Manual for Caribbean Users (1997)
Articles in local and international journals, on Caribbean literature, language, family, gender and other cultural issues.

Contact Information
868 684 1765 (Cell)
Mailing Address:
4 Hodge Trace
Off Gordon Street
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago