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List of famous writers from Jamaica, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Jamaica is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Jamaican writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Jamaica and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Examples of writers on this list include Peter Abrahams and John Figueroa.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Jamaican writers?" and "Which writers are from Jamaica?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Jamaica in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Jamaica, but they're all of Jamaica descent.

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Nalo Hopkinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Mutabaruka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Mutabaruka age 65

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Clement Virgo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Clement Virgo age 51

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John Holt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
John Holt age 70

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Hugh B. Cave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Hugh B. Cave Died at 94 (1910-2004)

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Evan Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Evan Jones age 90

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Louis Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Louis Simpson Died at 89 (1923-2012)

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Trevor D. Rhone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Trevor D. Rhone Died at 69 (1940-2009)

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Peter Abrahams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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André Gordon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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M. G. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
M. G. Smith Died at 72 (1921-1993)

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Charles Officer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Andrew Salkey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Andrew Salkey Died at 67 (1928-1995)

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Marcus Garvey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Marcus Garvey Died at 53 (1887-1940)

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Paul Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Paul Wheeler age 83

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Pamela Mordecai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Rachel Manley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Rachel Manley age 68

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Makeda Silvera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Olive Senior is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Olive Senior age 76

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Lorna Goodison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Michael Manley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Michael Manley Died at 73 (1924-1997)

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Alrick Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Mervyn Morris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Mervyn Morris age 80

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John Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
John Figueroa Died at 79 (1920-1999)

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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Claude McKay Died at 59 (1889-1948)

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Joel Augustus Rogers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Joel Augustus Rogers Died at 86 (1880-1966)

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Kei Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Kei Miller age 39

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Cedella Marley-Booker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Cedella Marley-Booker Died at 82 (1926-2008)

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Colin Channer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Colin Channer age 54

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Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Paul Young age 49

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Glen Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Glen Johnson age 48

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Roger Mais is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Sylvia Wynter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Sylvia Wynter age 89

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Oku Onuora is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Oku Onuora age 65

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Geoffrey Philp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Kellie Magnus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Kellie Magnus age 47

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Barry Reckord is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Barry Reckord Died at 85 (1926-2011)

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John Cameron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
John Cameron Died at 86 (1914-2000)

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Neville Garrick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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John Edgar Colwell Hearne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
John Edgar Colwell Hearne Died at 68 (1926-1994)

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Brian Meeks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Brian Meeks age 64

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Robert Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Una Marson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Una Marson Died at 60 (1905-1965)

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Carolyn Cooper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Kim Robinson-Walcott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Honor Ford-Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica

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Mary Anne Barker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Jamaica
Mary Anne Barker Died at 80 (1831-1911)