Garfield Ellis is a Jamaican writer who grew up in Central Village, St Catherine, the eldest of nine children. He attended the St Andrew Technical High School and graduated as a marine pilot from the Jamaica Maritime Institute, now the Caribbean Maritime University. He studied creative writing as a graduate student at the University of Miami.
He is a two-time winner of the Una Marson prize for adult literature: for his first collection of short stories, Flaming Hearts and other stories (1997, Carlong Publishers), and for the novel Till I’m Laid To Rest (2010, Nsemni). He also twice won the Canute A. Brodhurst prize for fiction (The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands), in 2000 and 2005, and in 1990 won the Heinemann/Lifestyle short story competition.
Garfield’s published works also include the book of short stories, Wake Rasta and Other Stories (2001, Talawah Press), Such as I Have (2003, MacMillan), and For Nothing at All (2005, MacMillan).
He has taught writing at Nova University and the University College of the Caribbean. His work has appeared in several international journals, including Callaloo, Calabash, the Caribbean Writer, Obsidian III, Anthurium, and Small Axe.
Garfield Ellis will be one of the opening readers at the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 28.