Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 – Poet, Edward Baugh

Edward Baugh, Professor Emeritus of English at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), was born in 1936, in Port Antonio, the capital of the northeastern Jamaican parish of Portland. After completing his secondary education at Titchfield High School, he won a Jamaican Government Exhibition to the University College of the West Indies to do his B.A in English. He subsequently won the R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship to do postgraduate studies at Queen’s University in Ontario, and a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Manchester where he obtained a Ph.D. in English, in 1964. He taught at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for three years (1965-1967) and at the Mona Campus in Jamaica for over thirty-three years (1968-2001). He became Professor of English at UWI, Mona in 1978, and he has held visiting appointments at The University of California, Los Angeles, Dalhousie University, University of Hull, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, Macquarie University, University of Miami, and Howard University.

His distinguished record of academic, administrative, and public service includes a lengthy stint as the Public Orator of UWI, Mona (1985-2002), three terms as Head of the Department of English, and Dean and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and General Studies. He has figured prominently as a leader in national, regional, and international literary and academic associations such as Jamaica P.E.N Club, West Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, and the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. He has adjudicated regional and international literary competitions and prizes such as the Guyana Prize for Literature, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

His scholarly publications include West Indian Poetry 1900-1970: A Study in Cultural Decolonisation (1971), Critics on Caribbean Literature (1978), Derek Walcott: Memory as Vision (1978), an annotated scholarly edition of Derek Walcott’s Another Life (2004) with Colbert Nepaulsingh, Frank Collymore: A Biography (2009) and Derek Walcott (2012), He has three poetry collections: A Tale from the Rainforest (1988), It Was the Singing (2000) and his most recent, Black Sand: New and Selected Poems (2013). Edward Baugh has one of the most instantly recognizable voices in Caribbean poetry with his dry wit, poise and elegance. Exhibiting a constant capacity to surprise by the range of his concerns, he has few rivals in formal accomplishment.

(Sources: http://www.mona.uwi.edu/conferences/literatures/profiles/baugh.htm; wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Baugh)

 

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