PATRICIA GLINTON-MEICHOLAS. Author, cultural critic and historian. She was the first woman to present the Sir Lynden Pindling Memorial Lecture, first winner of the Bahamas Cacique Award for Writing and recipient of a Silver Jubilee of Independence Medal for Literature. For her latest poetry collection, “Chasing Light”, Glinton-Meicholas was a finalist in the 2012 International Proverse Prize Competition sponsored by Proverse Publishing Hong Kong, which published the book.
Glinton-Meicholas has written essays on Bahamian history, art and culture and 18 books. The latter include An Evening in Guanima (short stories), A Shift in the Light (novel); No Vacancy in Paradise and Robin’s Song and Chasing Light (poetry); True-True-True Bahamian 2 (satire) and Years of Favour: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nassau, and The Sinking of HMBS Flamingo and Its Roots in United States, Cuba and Bahamas Relationships (history). She co-wrote Bahamian Art 1492 to 1992 (with Huggins and Smith), the first comprehensive work on the subject.
Glinton-Meicholas’ story, “The Gaulin Wife” is included in the Penguin anthology Under the Storyteller’s Spell. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as “Across Borders” (Lebanon College, N.H. 2003), Poui, the literary journal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill; Yinna, the journal of the Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies and in the Anthology of Caribbean Poetry, published by the Government of Guyana in support of Carifesta X.
Also known for her academic research and writing, Glinton-Meicholas’ monograph on Bahamian folktales was published in the Encuentros series of the IDB Cultural Centre, Washington, DC (Talkin’ Ol’ Story: A Brief Survey of the Oral Tradition of The Bahamas, No. 38, July 2000). She also produced a monograph on the African presence in The Bahamas for the 2007 African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference held in Nassau. Her essays on Bahamian art appear in the Grove Dictionary of Art and she is contributing seven biographies to Oxford University Press’ Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. By invitation, she is contributing a chapter to a book on children’s literature to be published by Rutledge.
Glinton-Meicholas co- founded the Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies (BACUS) and has edited the first four volumes of its journal “Yinna”.
Her work for television includes six historical documentaries for Bahamas National Trust’s “A Proud and Singular Heritage” series, two on the history of the Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas, as well a the 2009 documentary The 1942 Riots and several others, all of which she produced, wrote and directed. In 2007 she was a featured writer at the 26th West Indian Literature Conference.