This month's How I Write features internationally acclaimed writer Lorna Goodison who will be reading from her new collection of poems titled "Supplying Salt and Light."
Lorna Goodison was born in Jamaica, and is now a major figure in world literature. She has many awards for her writing in both poetry and prose, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, and the Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan. Most recently, she received one of Canada’s largest literary prizes, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People. Her work has been included in the major anthologies and collections of contemporary poetry published in the United States, Europe and the West Indies over the past fifteen years, most recently in the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2003) as well as the HarperCollins World Reader, the Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, and Longman Masters of British Literature (2006). Her work has also been translated into many languages, and published widely in magazines from the Hudson Review to MS Magazine. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the Americas and in Europe.
She has published three collections of short stories: Baby Mother and the King of Swords (Longman,1990), Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2005), and By Love Possessed (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2011; New York; Harper Collins/Amistad, 2012). From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and her People, was published in Canada by McClelland and Stewart in 2007, in the United States by Harper Collins/Amistad, and in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Books.
Her books of poetry include Tamarind Season (Kingston: Institute of Jamaica,1980), I Am Becoming My Mother (London: New Beacon, 1986), Heartease (London: New Beacon, 1988), Selected Poems (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992), To Us, All Flowers Are Roses (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995), Turn Thanks (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999), Guinea Woman: New and Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 2000), Travelling Mercies (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2001), Controlling the Silver (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2005), Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet, 2006). Her most recent book of poetry is Supplying Salt and Light (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart; Manchester (United Kingdom): Carcanet, 2013)