Author Louis Alexander Hemans writes not only as a linguist, poet, and philosopher, but also as a man socialized in the Jamaican subset of the African diaspora. His work reflects a confluence of a variety of forces: Black consciousness, Spanish references, Jamaican dialect, folkways, flora, fauna, and the universal expression of love and sexuality. In Voices in the Twilight, Hemans's second collection of work, he presents poems, literary letters, and short stories. His verses explore a variety of topics, including politics, philosophy of life, ancestral history, death and the afterlife, the slave trade and reparation, the Jamaican peasantry, education, nature, and romantic love-both requited and unrequited. Also included are three literary letters, with one addressed to Hemans's uncle David, who immigrated to Cuba and never returned to his native Jamaica. The collection's short stories are mostly set in the Anchovy area of Jamaica, near Montego Bay. This literary collection, featuring poetry, letters, and short fiction, considers a wide range of topics, from politics to romance to philosophy.
Louis Alexander Hemans was born in Jamaica and holds a BA in Spanish and political science and an MA in Spanish from Howard University. He has taught undergraduate Spanish at Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia and has taught for two decades in the District of Columbia public schools.