H. Nigel Thomas was a teacher with the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal and then taught American literature at Université Laval until 2006. A native of Saint Vincent in the Caribbean, he has lived in Canada since 1968. He has written a number of novels including Spirits in the Dark (House of Anansi Press, 1993), shortlisted for the 1994 QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, Behind the Face of Winter (TSAR Publications, 2001) and Return to Arcadia (TSAR Publications, 2007). He has published a collection of poetry entitled Moving Through Darkness (Afo Enterprises, 1993) and is the author of two non-fiction works, From Folklore to Fiction: A Study of Folk Heroes and Rituals in the Black American Novel (1988) and Why we Write: Conversations with African-Canadian Poets and Novelists (2006). H. Nigel Thomas lives in Montreal and is is one of the two artists who will receive Université Laval’s Hommage aux créateurs prize on April 2, 2013 for his contribution to the arts.