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Jamaican Poetry

A Promise to Be Herself - Lorna Goodison Invested as Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison is pinned and sashed by Sr. Patrick Allen

Lorna Goodison recently took over the mantle as Poet Laureate of Jamaica when the investiture ceremony took place at the King’s House Ballroom.

Juleus Ghunta Presents 'Likkle but Tallawah' Debut Chapbook

Poet Juleus Ghunta releases his first chapbook How I Learned to Ignore

Japan-based motivational speaker and youth advocate Juleus Ghunta has stepped into the realm of published poet with the release of his first poetry chapbook, The Way I Learned to Ignore. Several of his poems centre on his experiences of childhood.

Tanya Shirley Launches The Merchant of Feathers

Tanya Shirley

Acclaimed poet Tanya Shirley is set to launch her sophomore collection The Merchant of Feathers (Peepal Tree Press, 2014).

Mervyn Morris is Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris, Jamaica's first officially appointed Poet Laureate

Professor Mervyn Morris can now add Poet Laureate of Jamaica to his already impressive shelf of achievements, which include his 2009 receipt of the Order of Merit.

Margaret Reckord Bernal Launches Island Reliquaries

Margaret Reckord Bernal author of Island Reliquaries

On Tuesday evening, in the gardens surrounding the Emry James Museum at St. Andrew High School, Margaret Reckord Bernal’s Island Reliquaries: Voices of a Jamaican Past made its official introduction to Jamaica.

"See the Poet Man there!": Edward Baugh on Poetry

Edward Baugh

“The thing I’ve always wanted to be most was a poet,” said Edward Baugh. We are rounding towards the end of our interview regarding the launch of his latest collection Black Sands: New and Selected Poems.

Official Poet Laureate of Jamaica to be Appointed

Jamaica is on the cusp of having its first officially sanctioned poet laureate.  While the post of Poet Laureate is not completely new to Jamaica, this will be the first one sanctioned and created by officialdom.

Ralph Thompson Takes Words for a Walk

Dr. Michael Bucknor (left) and Ralph Thompson

The Phillip Sherlock Centre played home to the launch of Ralph Thompson’s latest collection of poetry, Talking Words for A Walk.

Mel Cooke Get's Ready to "Seh Sup'm

Melville Cooke reading at the launch of Seh Sup'm: Live From Kingston

Poet and journalist Melville Cooke staged a successful launch of his second anthology of poems, a live album titled Seh Sup’m: Live From Kingston. To do so, he teamed up with the Poetry Society of Jamaica as the featured poet of their first fellowship of the year.

Jubilation!: Jamaican Independence in Poetry

Jubilation! An anthology of Jamaican poetry edited by Kwame Dawes

Jubilation is the expression of great joy and triumph.