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A. K. Herman is a Caribbean fiction writer and poet, born in Scarborough, Tobago.

A. K. was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her debut short story collection, The Believers, is out in Fall 2024.

Coming Fall 2024!

A. K.’s wondrous and shattering debut collection imbues people on the periphery with power hardly visible to outsiders—where no one conforms to type. In the title story, to leave a seemingly friendly and supportive church, a family must risk everything.  


In “The Iridescent Blue-Black Boy with Wings (After Márquez),” children find a winged boy in a seaside village ...

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The Believers: Stories

A. K. Herman



A. K. Herman was born in Scarborough, Tobago. She writes fiction and poetry and was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and placed 2nd in the 2011 Small Axe Journal Literary Contest.

Growing up, A. K. heard fantastical stories about Tobago, its people, beliefs, and practices. Childhood tales and her time living in Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean- a vibrant neighborhood of immigrants and visitors from the Caribbean and Latin America-- inspires her writing, which also serves as historical documents that capture culture, belief and practices that have faded or are fading.


A. K.’s writing has appeared in Doek! Literary Journal, Lolwe, The Waterstone Review, Shenandoah and others. A. K. lives in New York.

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