PLACE OF BIRTH: Petit Valley, Trinidad
  • University of Colorado, Colorado, USA (BA, 1986)
  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, USA (J.D)
  • CAREER:                                 Joseph began writing creatively at eight years old, starting with poetry. At the age of nine, she moved to the United States with her family where she received her schooling, but continued to return to Trinidad for three months during summer break every year. She wrote poems and short stories and entered school contests. She also published in school literary magazines and newspapers. She became an editor of her high school newspaper and later an editor on her college paper. Upon graduating from the University of Colorado, she worked at a publishing company in New York while attending law school. She later became a trial lawyer for the City of New York. Joseph wrote the following books:
    • A Wave in Her Pocket (1991)
    • Coconut Kind of Day: Island Poems (1992
    • The Mermaid's Twin Sister: More Stories from Trinidad (1994)
    • Jasmine's Parlour Day (1994)
    • An Island Christmas (1996)
    • Jump Up Time: A Carnival Story (1998)
    • Fly, Bessie, Fly (1998)
    • The Color of My Words (2001)
    • Flowers in the Sky (...)
    • Dancing in the Rain (...)
    • International Reading Association - Notable Book for a Global Society
    • ALA Notable Children’s Book - Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
    • Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit