Famous Authors from Jamaica

List of the most popular authors from Jamaica, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Jamaican authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Jamaican writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of many different authors, including Claude McKay and Marcus Garvey.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Jamaica?" and "Who are the best Jamaican authors?"

For further information on these historic Jamaican authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Jamaican authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • Mary Anne Barker

    Mary Anne Barker

    Remembered with affection, This troublesome world or 'Bet of Stow.', Spring comedies
    • Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica
    • Birthdate: 1831
    • Nationality: Jamaica, New Zealand
    Mary Anne Barker, Lady Barker, later Mary Anne Broome, Lady Broome, was an author.
  • Hugh B. Cave
    Bottled in Blonde, Long Were The Nights, Death Stalks the Night
    • Birthplace: Chester, England
    • Birthdate: 07-11-1910
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Jamaica
    Hugh Barnett Cave (11 July 1910 – 27 June 2004) was an American writer of various genres, perhaps best remembered for his works of horror, weird menace and science fiction. Cave was one of the most ...more
  • Claude McKay
    Banjo, a story without a plot, Banana Bottom
    • Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
    • Birthdate: 09-15-1889
    • Nationality: United States of America, Jamaica
    Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a ...more
  • Nalo Hopkinson
    The Salt Roads, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, Brown Girl in the Ring
    • Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
    • Birthdate: 12-20-1960
    • Nationality: Jamaica
    Nalo Hopkinson (born 20 December 1960) is a Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer and editor. She currently lives and teaches in Riverside, California. Her novels (Brown Girl in the Ring, ...more
  • Trevor D. Rhone
    Old story time ; and, Smile orange, Old story time and other plays
    • Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
    • Birthdate: 03-24-1940
    • Nationality: Jamaica
    Trevor Dave Rhone (24 March 1940 – 15 September 2009) was a Jamaican writer, playwright and film maker. He co-wrote, with director Perry Henzell, the internationally successful film The Harder They ...more
  • Evan Jones
    Protector of the Indians, Stone haven, Balchder crefft
    • Birthplace: Portland Parish, Jamaica
    • Birthdate: 01-01-1927
    • Nationality: Jamaica
    Evan Jones (29 December 1927–21 July 2012) was a poet, playwright and screenwriter based in Britain. He was educated in Jamaica, the United States and England. Jones taught at schools in the United ...more