Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 reader – Peta-Gaye Williams

Peta-Gaye Williams is an award winning dub and spoken word poet. She holds a teaching diploma in Science and Social Studies at the Secondary level from Church Teachers College: Mandeville and is currently pursuing a double major in Literatures in English and Linguistics at The University of the West Indies.

Born in Bog Hole, a small, rustic community in Clarendon, she spent her formative years around her grandmother. When she was just one year old, she lost her mother in an accident that claimed her life and so her socialization and values were acquired from her grandmother who was a stickler for education. This fostered an appreciation for education and learning in her from an early age.

At about age twelve, Peta-Gaye discovered creative writing which became a therapeutic avenue for navigating obstacles that she would encounter. A self-titled writaholic, she lists writing as one of the basic functions in her life that is critical for her survival. As a result, a day without writing in her world is non-existent – an addiction which has resulted in a wide catalogue of poems that span over a hundred composition books. However, despite penning poems for over a decade, her journey into performance poetry commenced in 2012 when she decided to remove her reclusive covering after being motivated to share in the 100 Thousand Poets for Change experience that year. Since then she has been rising in the discipline and has entered competitions and acquired accolades which include a JCDC Creative Writing Award in 2013. In 2014 she entered the UWI Mona Poetry Clash and emerged the winner which she impressively repeated in 2015 to defend her title. She was also long-listed for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers prize. Her use of wit, innuendos and double entendre creates an eccentric and entertaining style of poetry that plays with meaning on many levels. Her style of poetry explores themes along the spheres of social commentary, nature as well as eroticism. Her poetry has been featured in the Jamaica Observer and as well as the digital literary magazine, Susumba Book Bag. She is currently working on first anthology of poems.



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