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Official Poet Laureate of Jamaica to be Appointed

Jamaica is on the cusp of having its first officially sanctioned poet laureate.  While the post of Poet Laureate is not completely new to Jamaica, this will be the first one sanctioned and created by officialdom.

Poetry 'Rains' at Yo! Yaddo! Word!

A-dZiko Simba performs at Yo! Yaddo! Word!

The pouring rains that showered down on Kingston on Wednesday, did little to dampen the a Yo! Yaddo! Word! fundraising event staged by A-dZiko Simba at Redbones the Blues Cafe, New Kingston. With words from Kei Miller, M’bala, Damali, Mel Cooke and Simba, it was poetry that rained.

Dancehall Meets Poetry at Rhyme & Lyme

Sabrena McDonald reads at Rhyme and Lyme

Though Dancehall music and poetry are not the most common of bedfellows, it was the combination offered up at Rhyme and Lyme on Monday night. The first in the monthly series featured performances by Mel Cooke, Sabrena McDonald and rising DJ Darrio.

Ralph Thompson Takes Words for a Walk

Dr. Michael Bucknor (left) and Ralph Thompson

The Phillip Sherlock Centre played home to the launch of Ralph Thompson’s latest collection of poetry, Talking Words for A Walk.

Velma Pollard Re-visits Caret Bay in New Collection

And Caret Bay Again

Velma Pollard is set to launch her latest anthology of poems And Caret Bay Again: New and Selected Poems. The launch is slated to take place at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies Mona on Sunday March 17 at 11:00 am.

Goodison, Baugh and Miller Have 'Affair With Literature'

Kei Miller reads at Love Affair With Literature

Sunday morning was cold and grey, as a cold front crept across Kingston. However the cool winds and accompanying drizzle were not enough to dampen the flickering of love for literature.

Mel Cooke Get's Ready to "Seh Sup'm

Melville Cooke reading at the launch of Seh Sup'm: Live From Kingston

Poet and journalist Melville Cooke staged a successful launch of his second anthology of poems, a live album titled Seh Sup’m: Live From Kingston. To do so, he teamed up with the Poetry Society of Jamaica as the featured poet of their first fellowship of the year.

Tanya Shirley Infects with her Passion for Poetry

Tanya Shirley author of She Who Sleeps With Bones

For a brief moment, the Bookophilia store, Liguanea, Kingston, was transformed from a space where words were sold to one where they were crafted. Dubbed "Passion for Poetry" the evening featured poet Tanya Shirley talking to aspiring poets about her ideas on poetry and the life of a poet.

Shara McCallum: - On Finding Home and Avoiding Narcissism

Shara McCallum and Kei Miller at the 2012 Bocas Literary Festival

Poetry is often intensely personal business, an intimate dissection of the heart and mind. Yet for Shara McCallum, poetry requires more than the personal. To focus only on the personal, she says, will result in a narcissistic, myopic vision.

Lunch with Poetry on the Side - Speak Lunch

Fabian Thomas reads at the June rendition of Speak Lunch

It's lunch time in New Kingston, the heart of the city’s business district.  Under the huge guango tree which stretches out its branches behind the offices of the Ministry of Tourism, creating an oasis from the heat threatening to stifle the city, a few poets and poetry lovers come to share