Erika J. Waters
Erika J. Waters is an American editor, academic and critic. She was the founding editor of the literary journal The Caribbean Writer in 1986 and has published critical works on Caribbean literature and on women's literature, notably on writers including Caryl Phillips, Una Marson and Jean Rhys.
Life and career
She was born in Alexandria, Virginia, when her mother was working at the Pentagon. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from New York University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico. She began teaching at the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Croix) in the early 1970s and is professor emeritus of English there, having been studying and writing on Caribbean literature for over 30 years. Her essays, interviews, and reviews have been published in various academic journals, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, World Literature Today and The Women's Review of Books. Her research on women writers has been funded by the Tulsa Center for the Study of Women's Literature and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2002 to 2012, she taught part-time at the University of Southern Maine, and in 2005 was a Fulbright Scholar in Finland. She wrote earlier under the name Erika Smilowitz.
- Critical Issues in West Indian Literature, co-edited with Roberta Q. Knowles (Caribbean Books, 1984),
- New Writing from the Caribbean: Selections from The Caribbean Writer, ed. (Macmillan, 1994)
- Contemporary Drama of the Caribbean, co-edited with David Edgecombe (University of the Virgin Islands, 2000)
- From Kittery to Bar Harbor: Touring Coastal Maine (Arcadia Publishers, 2010)
- Discovering Old Florida: A Guide to Vintage South and Central Florida" (Vintage Travel Guides, 2016)
- "The Caribbean Writer Publishes 23rd Issue", St Croix Source, 17 September 2009.
- "The Caribbean Writer Publishes Its Milestone 25th Anniversary Issue Dedicated to Haiti / Ayiti", Bajan Reporter, 30 July 2011.
- "An Interview with Caryl Phillips: 'I Am What I Am Because I Was Born There'", by Erika J. Waters, intr. by Reinhard W. Sander, Caribbean Writer, 9 (1995), pp. 102-114.
- Erika Smilowitz, "'Weary of Life and All My Heart's Dull Pain': The Poetry of Una Marson", in Critical Issues in West Indian Literature, 1984, pp. 19-32.
- “I Like Me Black Face and Me Kinky Hair”, Wellesley Centers for Women.
- Erika Smilowitz, "Childlike Women and Paternal Men: Colonialism in Jean Rhys's Fiction", Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, Vol. 17, No.4, 1986.
- Geoffrey Philp, "A Conversation with Erika J. Waters", 2 November 2007.
- The Caribbean Writer website.