Makeda Silvera

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Makeda Silvera (born 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Caribbean Canadian novelist and short story writer.

Silvera emigrated to Canada at the age of 12 with her family, and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. She published two volumes of short stories in the 1990s before releasing her first novel, The Revenge of Maria, in 1998, followed by The Heart Does Not Bend in 2002. An out lesbian,[1] she is the cofounder and managing editor of Sister Vision Press, and has edited a number of anthologies, including Piece of My Heart, the first North American anthology of literature by lesbians of colour.


  • Silenced: Caribbean Domestic Workers Talk With Makeda Silvera (1989, interviews)
  • Remembering G (1990, short stories)
  • Piece of My Heart: A Lesbian-of-Colour Anthology (1991, ed.)
  • Her Head a Village (1994, short stories)
  • The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature (1994, ed.)
  • Ma-Ka: Diaspora Juks (1997, ed.)
  • The Heart Does Not Bend (2002, novel)


  1. ^ Silvera, Makeda (1996), "Man Royals and Sodomites", in Vicinus, Martha (ed.), Lesbian Subjects: A Feminist Studies Reader, Indiana University Press, pp. 167–77, ISBN 0-253-33060-2