Professor Mervyn Morris (OM), was appointed Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate since independence, serving from 2014-2017. He is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature of The University of the West Indies, where he worked from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. In 2009 he was given Jamaica’s Order of Merit (OM) for his contribution to West Indian Literature. In 1976 the Institute of Jamaica awarded him a Silver Musgrave Medal for poetry.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1937, he was educated at Munro College, the University College of the West Indies, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. His poetry collections include Peelin Orange; The Pond; Shadowboxing; Examination Centre; Vestiges; On Holy Week; and I been there, sort of.
He is the author of ‘Is English We Speaking’ and Other Essays; Making West Indian Literature; and Miss Lou: Louise Bennet and Jamaican Culture. He has also edited the works of other Caribbean writers.
Professor Morris will be reading from the works of V. S. Naipaul, who died in August 2018.