Jamaican Poets: I AM

I AM, I exist...until, I AM no more.- Poetess Denise Fyffe   Copyright © Denise N. Fyffe

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Feature on Erika Heslop Martin, Jamaican author and poet

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe Erika Heslop Martin a.k.a. Poetess Er is a multi-talented, young and inspired Jamaican Poet born in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the Jamaican Author of this book A Poetic Revelation, The Power of Words, and A Poetic Journey. Her poems have been published in the Sunday … Continue reading Feature on Erika Heslop Martin, Jamaican author and poet

Jamaican Writers: Feature on Louise Bennett, Ms. Lou

Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, OM, OJ, MBE (7 September 1919 – 26 July 2006), was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. Writing and performing her poems in what was known as Jamaican Patois or Creole, she was instrumental in having this "dialect" of the people given literary recognition in its own right … Continue reading Jamaican Writers: Feature on Louise Bennett, Ms. Lou

Jamaican Writers: A Chat with Louise Bennett (1992)

INTERVIEW: A Chat with Louise Bennett (1992) Caribbean Writer Volume 12 - Lilieth Lejo Bailey Louise Bennett, a Jamaican folk poet and performer, has been instrumental in giving "voice" to the intellectual and cultural identities of the Jamaican peasantry. In using her art to record the life of ordinary Jamaicans, Louse Bennett has been recognized … Continue reading Jamaican Writers: A Chat with Louise Bennett (1992)

Jamaican Writers: Two Jamaican writers Finalists for the 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize

Four emerging writers from Trinidad and Tobago are among eight finalists for the much-coveted 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, now in its second year. The formal announcement of these finalists will be made today at the media launch of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest at Nalis, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. The Prize, administered … Continue reading Jamaican Writers: Two Jamaican writers Finalists for the 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize

Diane Browne’s Island Princess in Brooklyn

Three Jamaican Novels Up For Burt Award

Diane Browne’s Island Princess in Brooklyn (Jamaica, Carlong Publishers Caribbean), A-dZiko Simba Gegele’s All Over Again (Jamaica, Blouse & Skirt Books) and Colleen Smith Dennis’ Inner City Girl (Jamaica, LMH Publishing) have been named as nominees for the award. An initiative of the Bocas Literary Festival, held in Trinidad, the Burt Award’s aim is to stimulate growth in the region’s novel writing sphere, especially in the area of young adult novels.

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The Gleaner celebrates the fact that three of the six books shortlisted for the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature are written by Jamaicans. The article stresses that “Jamaica continues to blaze a trail in the region’s literary field.” See excerpts with a link to the full article below [also see previous post Finalists for Inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature]:

Diane Browne’s Island Princess in Brooklyn (Jamaica, Carlong Publishers Caribbean), A-dZiko Simba Gegele’s All Over Again (Jamaica, Blouse & Skirt Books) and Colleen Smith Dennis’ Inner CityGirl (Jamaica, LMH Publishing) have been named as nominees for the award. An initiative of the Bocas Literary Festival, held in Trinidad, the Burt Award’s aim is to stimulate growth in the region’s novel writing sphere, especially in the area of young adult novels.

When The Gleaner contacted Gegele, she expressed her gratitude at being considered for the award. While stating that…

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