Imam Baksh is a writer from Guyana. He enjoys tales of magic, monsters and heroes of all kinds. He’s also interested in history and how the world works, and never accepts any claim unless he’s given proof. He enjoys research, which helps him write better stories and win many arguments (in fact, he hasn’t lost an argument since June 1998).
As a boy, Imam left his countryside home on the Essequibo Coast to attend high school (Queens College) in the city of Georgetown, where he learned most of his bad habits. He became a trained teacher, specialized in English, but he had the most fun teaching physics because he got to use electricity on his students. These days he is a full-time writer and his short stories have won the Henry Josiah Prize for Children’s Stories three times between 2006 and 2010.
His debut novel, Children of the Spider, won the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.