Carmelinda immigrated to Canada from Portugal along with her parents in the late 1960’s.  She has an Honours BA and an English MA from the University of Toronto, obtained while owning and operating a hairdressing business.  She loves reading, theatre, film, ballet, traveling, and cycling. Her worldly concerns are:  global warming;  poverty; and, issues of fairness and justice.  She has two sons, and lives with her husband in Toronto.