The DAAS Living Writers Series and Diasporic Dialogues present internationally acclaimed poet Lorna Goodison. A professor in English Language & Literature and DAAS, Lorna was born in Jamaica and is known internationally for her poetry as well as her work of fiction and nonfiction. Her many awards include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, the Henry Russel Award for Exceptional Creative Work from the University of Michigan and 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 published in numerous journals and included in major anthologies and collections of contemporary poetry and she was recently awarded a Commander of the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica, one of the country's most important national honors.
Her most recent book of poetry is Supplying Salt and Light. Other 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 reading is co-sponsored by the DAAS Living Writers Series, Diasporic Dialogues and the Helen Zell Writer's Program.