Lorna Goodison is the current Poet Laureate of Jamaica, and a major figure in world literature.
Her many awards include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, and one of Canada’s largest literary prizes for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People (2007).
She has published three collections of short stories, including By Love Possessed (2011), and ten collections of poetry. Her Collected Poems was published in 2017.
She is Professor Emerita at University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afroamerican Studies.