Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, born on Cat Island in the Central Bahamas, is a writer, editor, cultural critic, academic and educator. An honours graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of Miami, she is married with one son.
Glinton-Meicholas remembers writing from her earliest years, but began a serious incursion into the art form in 1988. Through her writing and publications, especially on Bahamian folktales, her primary research topic, she is recognized for her contributions to the development of the national literature. She was nominated for and named the first winner of the Bahamas Cacique Award for Writing and also received a Silver Jubilee of Independence Medal for Literature in 1998. In 2005 Glinton-Meicholas was honoured as the first woman to present the prestigious Sir Lynden Pindling Memorial Lecture and was the College of The Bahamas Commencement Speaker 2012.
Her books include An Evening in Guanima, original short stories based on traditional Bahamian folktale motifs, the novel A Shift in the Light, two collections of poetry: No Vacancy in Paradise and Robin’s Song, and several works of satire, all published by Guanima Press. The stories, novel and Robin’s Song are used in the nation’s public and private schools. Her most recent book, Years of Favour, is a 264-page history and pictorial of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of The Bahamas 1960-2010, with husband P. Neko Meicholas and sister Carla Glinton as photographers (Guanima Press in conjunction with the Archdiocese 2012). She has recently completed “Chasing Light”, a third volume of poetry and “True-True Bahamian II: Chile, please”, another work satirizing Bahamian society. Meicholas’ story, “The Gaulin Wife” is included in the Penguin anthology Under the Storyteller’s Spell (ed. Faustin Charles. London 1988). Her poetry has appeared in such publications as Across Borders (Lebanon College, N.H.), Poui, the literary journal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill; Womanspeak; Yinna, the journal of the Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies, the online journals Anthurium and tongues of the ocean and in the Anthology of Caribbean Poetry, published by the Government of Guyana in celebration of Carifesta X.
Glinton-Meicholas’ monograph on Bahamian folktales is 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 produced a monograph on the African presence in The Bahamas for the 2007 African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference held in Nassau. Glinton-Meicholas co-wrote Bahamian Art 1492 to 1992 (with Huggins and Smith), the first of its kind. She contributed the fine arts and collecting entries for The Bahamas to the Macmillan 37-volume Dictionary of Art also. In 1997 Glinton-Meicholas co-founded the Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies (BACUS) and has edited the first three volumes of its journal “Yinna” and is currently producing
She has written many academic papers, presenting at conferences at home and abroad; in Nassau—the Conference Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Presidents and Governors-General Conference (2008). Her international presentations have included a lecture in Washington, DC in 2000 at the invitation of the Inter American Bank Cultural Centre (2000). She was a featured plenary speaker at the Heritage & Leadership Symposium in London at the invitation of the Office of the Mayor of London (2008). In 2012 she gave a paper at “Narrating the Caribbean Nation”, a conference sponsored by Peepal Tree Press and Leeds Municipal University in Leeds, United Kingdom. Her work for television includes six historical documentaries for Bahamas National Trust, two on the history of the Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas and the 2009 documentary The 1942 Riots, all of which she produced, wrote and directed.
Glinton-Meicholas spent two periods at The College of The Bahamas, the first of eleven years as lecturer, divisional chairperson, Academic Dean and, lastly, first academic assistant to the principal. A ten-year stint in public relations at The Bahamas’ largest marketing firm followed, the first two years spent as editor of the Ministry of Tourism’s now defunct Bahamas News Bureau, then managed by The Counsellors Ltd. In 2002 Glinton-Meicholas returned to The College of The Bahamas for a five and a half-year stint, first as Council Secretary, then as a Vice President commissioned to form the Office of Communication. At present, Glinton-Meicholas earns her living as a writer and editor. She devotes time to historical and cultural research and personal writing, contributing to various national projects.
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