Andrea Shaw is assistant director of the Division of Humanities and an associate professor of English at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and coordinator of Anancy Festival. She is a scholar of Caribbean and African Diaspora studies and author of The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women's Unruly Political Bodies. She is also a creative writer. Her creative and scholarly writing have been published in numerous journals, including World Literature Today, MaComére, The Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Feminist Media Studies, Social Semiotics, and FEMSPEC. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Ph.D. in English and from Florida International University with an M.F.A in creative writing. Andrea is the editor of Quadrivium: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship http://www.fcas.nova.edu/currentstudents/quadrivium/ and associate editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform www.smallaxe.net/sxsalon. She is also on the editorial board of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal and on the board of the Women’s International Film Festival. She and her husband, Dean Nevins, are owners of Irie Isle Jamaican Restaurant in Pembroke Pines.
Anancy Festival is a celebration of Caribbean cultural heritage and will take place in June, 2010 in South Florida. The festival is designed to appeal to children and teenagers interested in learning about Caribbean culture. The festival showcases music, dance, fine arts, literary arts , and the culinary arts from throughout the Caribbean.