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Claudia Rankine Receives National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Claudia Rankine receives the National Books Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Jamaican poet Claudia Rankine won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

Peppers Gives Off Steam with Late Night Lit

(photo by Marcus Golding) Steaming poetry & prose resounded at Late Night Lit

As a part of the recently concluded Kingston Book Fest 2015 the embryonic Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) gathered a pool of literary talent that caused the Peppers Lounge to Sizzle with the event Late Night Lit.

Five Writers Make 2015 Burt Award Shortlist

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2015 Shortlist Announced

Five manuscripts and one previously self-published novel have been selected as the finalists for the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The finalists who will be vying for up to CA$22,000 in prizes hail from Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

2015 OCM Bocas Longlist Announced

The 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Longlist

The longlist for the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, comprising nine poets, fiction and non-fiction writers from across the region has been announced.

Owen Blakka Ellis Revels in 'Riddim & Riddles' With New Collection

Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Owen Blakka Ellis at the launch of Riddim and Riddles

What a time to be a Jamaican. Although the country might be failing in many areas, the creative industries are in their prime and have been brewing a cultural paradigm shift that could change the common perspective on Jamaican art.

Kamau Brathwaite is 2015 Frost Medalist

Kamau Brathwaite - 2015 Frost Medalist

Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite has been named the 2015 Frost Medalist. The Frost Medal is the Poetry Society of America’s highest award. The Frost Medal is given annually for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

Another Heated Love Affair With Lit!

Prof Mervyn Morris, Sharon Millar, Tanya Shirley and Roland Watson-Grant

The Department of Literatures in English unsheathed another heated Love Affair With Literature to start off the 2015 edition of the Kingston Book Festival. With a quartet that Dr.

JaWS and JAMCOPY to Award $1M in Prizes to Jamaican Writers

The Lignum Vitae Awards: The Una Marson, Vic Reid and Jean D'Costa prizes

Potentially endangered is one way to describe the lignum vitae, a tree renowned for its medicinal and mechanical applications. This wood of life was once in great demand in shipping yards worldwide for its strength and durability.

Kingston Book Fest 2015: Over 24 Events in 8 Days

Poet Tanya Shirley reads at KBF2013

Members of Jamaica’s book industry are gearing up for the 4th annual Kingston Book Festival, which will turn the city’s attention towards all things bookish over eight days. The festival takes place March 1-8, 2015.

Mervyn and Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture Launched by Literary Icons

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

It was a celebration of two Jamaican icons as the Faculty of Humanities and Eduction at the University of the West Indies, Mona, launched Mervyn Morris’ Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture.

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