PLACE OF BIRTH: Tunapuna, Trinidad
  • Tunapuna Government Primary School
  • St. Augustine Girls' High School
  • St. Joseph's Convent, Port-of-Spain
  • Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (B.A., Ph.D. in Geography)
  • Reading University, England
  • CAREER:                                 Born in Pasea Village, Tunapuna, Persaud taught high school in Trinidad (Tunapuna Hindu School, Bishop Anstey Girls' High School, St. Augustine Girls' High School), Barbados (Harrison College and St. Michael Girls' High School), and Guyana (Queen's College) before relocating to England in 1974. In the late-1980s, she began writing short stories, one of which (See Saw Margery Daw) was broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation World Service in November 1995. In 2004, a fellowship in Indo-Caribbean Literature was established in her honor at the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England. The following is a listing of Persaud's published books:
    • 1990 - Butterfly in the Wind
    • 1993 - Sastra
    • 2000 - For the Love of My Name
    • 2004 - Raise the Lanterns High
    • 2012 - Daughters of Empire
    • Lifetime Award for Significant Contribution to the Literature of Trinidad and Tobago (2012)
    • Artists and Writers Association in New York (2012)
    • Hindu Women's Organisation in Trinidad and Tobago (2012)
    • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt), University of West Indies (2013)
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit