Awards

  • 1997 Governor General’s Award for Literature (Canada) for  “Drumblair: Memories of  Jamaican Childhood”,  Alfred Knopf, Toronto.
  • The Jamaica Centennial Medal for Poetry

Fellowships

  • Hawthornden castle, Edinburgh Scotland, Writer’s Fellowship (Summer 2007)
  • New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship (2003-2004)
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (Aug 2001-Jul 2002)
  • Pierre Berton Fellowship – Yukon, Canada (Summer 2001)
  • Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship, Bellagio, Italy, (2000)
  • Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship, Sweet Briar, Va.  (2000)
  • The Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship (Literature) Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, Ma. (1998-1999)

Professional Experience

  • Writer in Residence Programme, hosted by St. Augustine Campus, UWI (2014)
  • Writer in Residence Programme, hosted by the Government of Bermuda (2013)
  • Freelance Non-Fiction Creative writing mentor  (2002 to present)
  • “Fusion in a Dutchie” Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement (2005)
  • “Thoughts on writing from exile” Literary essay, Small Axe Review (2002)
  • Guest Speaker “The role of literature in shaping Caribbean Civilization”, Cropper Foundation Conference, Trinidad (2002)
  • Einstein Forum, Guest Lecture at Conference “Moral Sense and Literary Sensibility”, Potsdam Germany  (2002)
  • World Literacy of Canada, Guest Writer (2002)
  • Guest Writer, Mind’s Eye, Sadie Bronfman Centre for the Arts (2001)
  • Guest Lecturer, Bentley College,  Massachusetts (2000)
  • Guest Lecturer, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY (2000)
  • Guest Writer, Winnipeg Writers’ Festival (2000)
  • Guest Writer, Miami Book Fair International (1997)
  • Bertha Lebus Lecturer in Literature, The University of Illinois , Chicago Department of English. (Chicago, Ill. 1998, 1999)
  • Freelance editor, Heinemann Publishing (Caribbean) Ltd. Ian Randle Publishing (Jamaica)
  • Book Reviews:  Times Literary Supplement, The Ottawa Citizen, The Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail

Interviews

Other Experience

  • Editor – “Take This Journey With Me” (Government Of Bermuda – 2014)
  • Contributor – Who Do You Think You Are, Series 9 Episode 9 – John Barnes (2012)
  • Faculty Member, Lesley University MFA Creative Writing Program, Cambridge, Ma (2002-present)
  • Lecturer, Creative non-fiction, University of Toronto, Dept. of Continuing Education. (2006)
  • Director of Advertising (Radio) The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, Barbados  (1982-86)
  • Deputy Director of Advertising (TV) The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation,  Barbados (1980-82)
  • Research Officer, Sugar Cane Consultants, Barbados (1979-80)
  • Advertising and Public Relations Officer, Lai Corporation, Jamaica  (1972-74)
  • Teacher, Kingston College, Jamaica (1969-71)

Education

  • BA English (special honors) The University of West Indies (1969)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

***Book Reviews:Times Literary Supplement, The Ottawa Citizen, The Montreal

Gazette, Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail

***Freelance editor Heinemann Publishing (Caribbean) Ltd.

Ian Randle Publishing (Jamaica)

***Bertha Lebus Lecturer in Literature, The University of Illinois , Chicago

Department of English. (Chicago, Ill. 1998, 1999)

***Guest Writer Miami Book fair International (1997)

***Guest Writer Winnipeg Writers’ Festival (2000)

***Guest Lecture Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY(2000)

***Guest Lecture Bentley College,Massachusetts, (2000)

***Guest Writer Mind’s Eye, Sadie Bronfman Centre for the Arts 2001

***World Literacy of Canada, Guest Writer ( March 2002)

***Einstein Forum, Guest Lecture at Conference “Moral Sense and Literary

Sensibility”(July 2002)

***Guest Speaker “The role of literature in shaping Caribbean Civilization”,

Cropper Foundation Conference, Trinidad 2002

*** “Thoughts on writing from exile” Literary essay Small Axe Review, 2002

*** Freelance Non-Fiction Creative writing mentor – (2002 to present)

FELLOWSHIPS

***The Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship (Literature) Radcliffe College, Harvard

University, Cambridge, Ma. (1998-1999)

***Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship, Sweet Briar, VA(2000)

***Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship, Bellagio, Italy, (2000)

***Pierre Berton Fellowship – Yukon, Canada (summer 2001)

***Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (Aug 2001-Jul 2002)

***New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for

Scholars and Writers Fellowship (2003-2004)

*** Hawthornden castle, Edinburgh Scotland, Writer’s Fellowship (deferred

Summer 2007)

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AWARDS

***1997 Governor General’s Award for Literature (Canada) for“Drumblair: Memories ofJamaican Childhood”,Alfred Knopf, Toronto.

***The Jamaica Centennial Medal for Poetry

PUBLICATIONS

THE APPLE STRUDLE TREE (A memoir … Key Porter Books 2010)

PIECE BY PIECE (Penguin anthology contributor) March 2010

HORSES IN HER HAIR (memoir – Key porter Books 2008)

THE FIRST MAN – Penguin anthology contributor (May 2007)

SLIPSTREAM: A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS (Alfred Knopf Canada, 2000)

DRUMBLAIR: MEMORIES OF A JAMAICAN CHILDHOOD (Alfred Knopf Canada, 1996)

A LIGHT LEFT ON (collection of poetry, Peepal Tree Press, Yorkshire,England, 1992)

EDNA MANLEY: THE DIARIES (editor; Andre Deutsch, London1989)

CROSSING THE WATER: CONTEMPORARY POETRY OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN (selected poems, Greenfield ReviewPress, New York (1991 and 1985)

FOCUS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SELECTED JAMAICAN WRITING

(selected poems, Jamaica, 1983)

POEMS 2 (collected poems, Coles Publishing, Barbados 1978)

PRISMS (collected poems, Hyde, Held and Blackburn,Jamaica 1972)

JAMAICA JOURNAL; CARIBBEAN QUARTERLY (selected poems)

OTHER EXPERIENCE

***Faculty Mentor Lesley University MFA Creative Writing Program, Cambridge,

US (2002-present)

***Mentor U of Toronto continuing Education 2006

***Director of Advertising (Radio) The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation,

Barbados(1982-86)

***Deputy Director of Advertising (TV) The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation,

Barbados (1980-82)

***Research Officer, Sugar Cane Consultants, (Barbados 1979-80)

***Advertising and Public Relations Officer, Lai Corporation, Jamaica(1972-74)

***Teacher, Kingston College, Jamaica (1969-71)

EDUCATION

BA English (special honors) The University of West Indies (1969)

© Rachel Manley 2010