Melva Archer-Persico is a Guyanese-born academic who currently resides in the United States. Her love of books and reading began in childhood. It is this love that led her to a career, teaching Spanish language and Hispanic literature. She has published a textbook for students preparing for the literary analysis section of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and articles on Afro-Hispanic and Latin American literature in peer-reviewed academic publications. Ink on Paper - is her debut literary work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Guyana, South America. This has influenced my writing in several ways. Firstly, for political reasons there was no television in my country during my childhood. This helped to foster in me a love of reading. It also helped me to be more creative and imaginative. Guyana is South American geographically and Caribbean culturally. The cultural influences that surrounded me as a child have also greatly influenced how I view life and have informed my writing.
When did you first start writing?
In a sense, I have always been writing in one form or the other. I have always found it easier to express myself in writing than orally. My early writings have not survived. However, around 2002, I started writing short stories and about eight years after that I started writing poetry.
This collection of carefully crafted poems treats a variety of themes including relationships, identity, migrant experiences, nature and faith. Readers of all ages will find something with which they can identify in many of these pieces.