Madeline Coopsammy was born in Trinidad when it was still a British colony. She studied at Delhi University, India, prior to immigrating to Canada and settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1987, she received her B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. She is a regular book reviewer for The Winnipeg Free Press, Prairie Fire, and The Indo-Canadian Telegram, and her poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and journals across North America. Her 2004 poetry collection, Prairie Journey, is now followed by a young adult novel, The Old Songs (Inanna), a coming-of-age story set on a small multi-cultural British Caribbean island at the advent of independence.