Lorna Goodison

Lorna Goodison

About Lorna Goodison

Lorna Goodison (born August 1, 1947) is a Canadian-Jamaican poet and one of the leading West Indian writers of the post-World War II generation. She is the author of more than eight books of poetry, including Travelling Mercies, Controlling the Silver, and Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems, two collections of short stories, and an acclaimed memoir, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People, which was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and won the B.C. Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her Collected Poems was published in 2017 by Carcanet, U. K. Her latest publication is Redemption Ground, a book of essays and adventures.
She divides her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan. She was named Jamaica's Poet Laureate in 2017. In 2019, she received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.br> Lorna Goodison, internationally recognized for her poetry and prose, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Americas Region, in 1986. She has been a visiting faculty member at the Universities of Toronto and Michigan and a central figure at the Caribbean Poetry Festival of the Poetry Society of America (New York, 1992), the International Poetry Festival, South Bank Centre (London, 1992), and the Interlit International Conference (Erlanger, Germany, 1993). Her poetry and prose have been featured, with that of Alice Walker and Maya Angelou, in A Quartet of Poets and A Quartet of Stories.

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