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Double Dose of Poetry from Mervyn Morris

Jean Lowrie-Chin collects a signature from Mervyn Morris

At the dusk of his tenure as Poet Laureate of Jamaica, a tenure which began in May 2014 and came to an end May 2017, Professor Mervyn Morris gifted the world with a double dose of poetry.

Memory and Spirits Haunt in Shara McCallum’s Mad Woman

Shara McCallum's Mad Woman dabbles in fire and duppies

If madness means being plagued by memory, haunted by ruins of the past, and housing oneself in the thick of life, then may we all be so afflicted.

Linton Kwesi Johnson to Host Performance Poetry Workshop at UWI

Linton Kwesi Johnson to present performance poetry workshop

Linton Kwesi Johnson is one of the legends of dub poetry in particular and Caribbean performance poetry in general.

Tribe Sankofa Gets 'Turnt Up' With Kei Miller and Michael Sean Harris

Kei Miller, Yashika Graham and Michael Sean Harris for World Soul in December

Tribe Sankofa is getting ‘turnt up’! At least so declares the name of their upcoming edition of their Word Soul performance event. The list of guest performers slated to join the Tribe for the performance suggests that this is no empty boast.

Claudia Rankine Makes TS Eliot Prize Shortlist

Claudia Rankine Makes TS Eliot Shortlist

Less than a month after she became the second Jamaican to take home the Forward Prize, the UK’s largest prize for poetry, Claudia Rankine has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for her celebrated poetry collection Citizen: An American Lyric.

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.

Talking Trees 2015: A Few Fine Moments But Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Lorna Goodison closes off Talking Trees 2015

The Labour Day weekend journey from Kingston, through the hills of Manchester and winding down to the St. Elizabeth seaside has become a tradition for many of Jamaica‘s lit lovers. Usually, its to get to the Calabash Literary Festival, which is now unfortunately biennial.

The Poet Paints Philosophy: An Earl McKenzie Exhibition

Earl McKenzie's exhibition currently at the UWI

Every Sunday morning Earl McKenzie listens to the Mass in B Minor, a symphony composed by the famous Johann Sebastian Bach.

Claudia Rankine Makes 2015 PEN Open Book Shortlist

Claudia Rankine's Citlizen is shortlisted for 2015 PEN Open Book Award

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (Graywolf Press) continues to mine literary acclaim, making it to the shortlist of the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, one of the slate of prizes in the PEN Literary Awards.

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.

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