Olive Senior was born and raised in Jamaica and is one of the Caribbean's most celebrated writers. She has won numerous prestigious awards for her work, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the gold Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. Her books for young people include Anna Carries Water. She lives in Toronto. Laura James is an award-winning artist and illustrator of Antiguan heritage. She collaborated with Olive Senior on the bestselling Anna Carries Water, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014. She lives in the Bronx, New York.