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Mervyn Morris Miss Lou to Be Launched at UWI, Mona
The combined talents of dub poets Oku Onuora, Jean Binta Breeze, and Mutabaruka as well as storyteller Amina Blackwook Meeks will set the stage for the celebration of the body of work and contributions of Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris with the launch of his latest book Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture.
Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh will be the guest speaker at the launch which will take place on February 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3 (Faculty of Medical Sciences) at The University of the West Indies, Mona. The launch is hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, and will form part of the University’s Research Days 2015 activities at the UWI, Mona Campus.
Prof Morris is a celebrated Louise Bennett scholar including his seminal essay ‘On Reading Louise Bennett Seriously’. He has also edited her poetry collection Selected Poems as well as collection of her radio monologues Aunty Roachy Seh.
Prof Morris’ Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture works as both a biography of Miss Lou as well as a critical assessment of her work as a poet, performer, storyteller, singer, actress, writer, broadcaster, folklorist, and TV show host.
Prof Morris has produced six collections of poetry including The Pond, On Holy Week and I Been There, Sort Of as well as the essay collections ‘Is English We Speaking and Other Essays’
Prof Morris Morris was awarded the Order of Merit, Jamaica (2009), Silver Musgrave Medal for Poetry (1976). He was appointed Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in 2003 and has taught in the Department of Literatures in English since 1970.