Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Canada at Carleton University. Her work is the subject of numerous critical essays and is taught in schools and universities worldwide. She has been on the Faculty of the Humber School for Writers from 1998 to the present and has served as a writing mentor for Diaspora Dialogues. She has taught writing at multiple universities, including the University of Toronto and Columbia University. She won the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for her short stories collection The Pain Tree. She lives in Toronto.