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Poet Laureate of Jamaica

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.

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.

Mervyn Morris Miss Lou to Be Launched at UWI, Mona

Mervyn Morris' MIss Lou to be Launched

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:  L

Jean Binta Breeze and Linton Kwesi Johnson Shower Poetry on Montego Bay

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Jean Binta Breeze

The sound of airplanes taxing as they landed and took off filled the Montego Bay evening, but it was poetry hat was to take flight.

Three Emerging Voices From Jamaica Head to Bristol

Mel Cooke, Yashika Graham & Dingo are set for some reverse cultural colonisation

Miss Lou captured the mass migration of Jamaicans to England in the wittily titled ‘Colonization in Reverse’. Now three Jamaican poets have borrowed and tweaked the title for their own journey to the England as they stage a fund-raising event dubbed Colonization in (Re)Verse.

Mervyn Morris: Advice to Aspiring Poets (Sort Of)

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris’ witty speech at the JCDC 2014 literary awards should not be missed by anyone aspiring to call themself a poet nor by many of those who already do.  Shrouded in Prof Morris’ guise of humility, the speech is a poet's guide to understanding craft, housing me

‘Creating Space and Time for Well-Crafted Poetry’: Mervyn Morris Installed as Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

With his clear, insightful speech that was to the point yet engaging, Professor Mervyn Morris exemplified the reason he is an excellent choice for Jamaica’s first officially declared Poet Laureate.

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.

Nominations for Poet Laureate of Jamaica Opens

Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Nominations for the post of Poet Laureate of Jamaica are now open, with a view to naming the first honouree on January 26, 2014.