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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Mary Anne Barker Remembered with affection, This troublesome world or 'Bet of Stow.', Spring comedies Mary Anne Barker, Lady Barker, later Mary Anne Broome, Lady Broome, was an author.

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Hugh B. Cave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Hugh B. Cave Bottled in Blonde, Long Were The Nights, Death Stalks the Night Hugh Barnett Cave was a prolific writer of pulp fiction who also excelled in other genres.

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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Claude McKay Banjo, a story without a plot, Banana Bottom Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won ...more

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Nalo Hopkinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Nalo Hopkinson The Salt Roads, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, Brown Girl in the Ring Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. She currently lives and teaches in Riverside, California. Her novels and short stories such as those in her collection ...more

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Trevor D. Rhone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Trevor D. Rhone Old story time ; and, Smile orange, Old story time and other plays Trevor Dave Rhone was a Jamaican writer, playwright and film maker. He co-wrote, with director Perry Henzell, the internationally successful film The Harder They Come.

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Evan Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Evan Jones Protector of the Indians, Stone haven, Balchder crefft Evan Jones is 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 States before moving to ...more

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Peter Abrahams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Peter Abrahams A night of their own, Wild conquest, Return to Goli Peter Henry Abrahams Deras is a South African novelist, journalist and political commentator.

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M. G. Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
M. G. Smith Government in Kano, 1350-1950, The study of social structure Michael Garfield Smith OM was a Jamaican poet and social anthropologist.

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Rachel Manley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Rachel Manley Slipstream, Drumblair, In My Father's Shade Rachel Manley is a Jamaican writer in verse and prose, born in Cornwall England, raised in Jamaica and currently residing in Canada. She is a daughter of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael ...more

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John Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
John Figueroa Staffing and examinations in British Caribbean secondary schools, Love leaps here, Society John Joseph Maria Figueroa was a Jamaican poet and educator. He played a significant role in the development of Anglophone Caribbean literature both as a poet and an anthologist. He contributed ...more

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Lorna Goodison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Lorna Goodison Quartet of Poems, Quartet of Stories, Turn thanks Lorna Goodison CD is a Jamaican poet, a leading West Indian writer of the generation born after World War II, currently dividing her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she ...more

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Mervyn Morris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Mervyn Morris The Pond, Examination Centre, Making West Indian Literature Mervyn Eustace Morris OM is a poet and professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. According to educator Ralph Thompson, "In addition to his poetry, which has ...more

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John Edgar Colwell Hearne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
John Edgar Colwell Hearne Sure Salvation, PrishlyÄ­ u vorot, Canterbury John Edgar Colwell Hearne was a white Jamaican novelist, journalist, and teacher.

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Olive Senior is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Olive Senior Quartet of Stories, Over the Roofs of the World, Gardening in the tropics Olive Marjorie Senior is a Jamaican poet, novelist, short story and non-fiction writer currently living in Toronto, Canada.

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Pamela Mordecai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Pamela Mordecai Culture and Customs of Jamaica, Certifiable, Journey poem Pamela Claire Mordecai is a scholar, poet, playwright and writer of long and short fiction. She attended high school in Jamaica and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, MA, where she ...more

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Makeda Silvera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Makeda Silvera The Heart Does Not Bend, Piece of My Heart, Her head a village Makeda Silvera is a Caribbean Canadian novelist and short story writer. Silvera emigrated to Canada at the age of 12 with her family, and currently lives in Toronto. She published two volumes of ...more

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Andrew Salkey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Andrew Salkey The one: the story of how the people of Guyana avenge the murder of their Pasero with help from Brother Anancy and Sister Buxton, Jonah Simpson, Brother Anancy and other stories Felix Andrew Alexander Salkey is a 1960 Guggenheim Fellow in Humanities.

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Brian Meeks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Brian Meeks Carbbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory, Radical Caribbean, Narratives of resistance Brian Meeks is a Caribbean poet and academic.

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Cedella Marley-Booker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Cedella Marley-Booker Cedella Malcolm Marley Booker was the mother of Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley and a singer and writer.

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Colin Channer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Colin Channer The Girl With the Golden Shoes, Iron Balloons, Waiting in vain Colin Channer is a Jamaican writer, often referred to as "Bob Marley with a pen," due to the spiritual, sensual, social themes presented from a literary Jamaican perspective. Indeed, ...more

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Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Paul Young The Cinema Dreams Its Rivals : Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet Paul Young is a retired Jamaican soccer forward who played two seasons in Major League Soccer and several in the USISL and USL A-League. He also coached Portmore United, Waterhouse F.C. and ...more

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Glen Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Glen Johnson Digital Wedding Photography, The Temple of the Sky, The Soul Reapers Glengoffe Donovan Johnson is a professional boxer. Nicknamed Gentleman and The Road Warrior, Johnson is the former IBF & The Ring light heavyweight champion. He is well known for his KO ...more

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Roger Mais is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Roger Mais Brother Man, The hills were joyful together, Listen Roger Mais was a Jamaican journalist, novelist, poet, and playwright. He was born to a middle-class family in Kingston, Jamaica. By 1951, he had won ten first prizes in West Indian literary ...more

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Kei Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Kei Miller There is an anger that moves, The same Earth Kei Miller is an award-winning Jamaican poet, fiction writer, essayist and blogger.

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John Cameron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
John Cameron The development of education in East Africa John Hemsley Cameron was a cricketer who played in two Tests for the West Indian cricket team in 1939. But though Jamaican by birth, Cameron played only once for Jamaica, the bulk of his ...more

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Sylvia Wynter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Sylvia Wynter The hills of Hebron Sylvia Wynter, OJ, is a Jamaican novelist, dramatist critic and essayist.

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Oku Onuora is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Oku Onuora Echo Oku Nagba Ozala Onuora, known as the "father of Jamaican dub poetry" is a Jamaican dub poet and performer.

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Kellie Magnus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Kellie Magnus Kellie Magnus is a Caribbean author and journalist.

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Robert Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Robert Wedderburn Born in Jamaica to an African-born house-slave and a plantation owner, Robert Wedderburn was a Unitarian, ultra-radical leader, and anti-slavery advocate in early nineteenth-century London.

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Una Marson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Una Marson Una Maud Victoria Marson was a Jamaican feminist, activist and writer, producing poems, plays and programmes for the BBC. Marson traveled to London in 1932 and worked for the BBC during World

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Yasus Afari is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Yasus Afari Yasus Afari is a Jamaican dub poet.

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Carolyn Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Carolyn Cooper Carolyn Cooper CD is a West Indian author and literary scholar. Born in Jamaica, Dr. Cooper is a professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. ...more

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Kim Robinson-Walcott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Kim Robinson-Walcott Out of order Kimberly-Ann Robinson-Walcott is a Jamaican poet and editor of the Jamaica Journal. Robinson-Walcott is author of a study of the white Jamaican novelist Anthony Winkler.

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Honor Ford-Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Honor Ford-Smith Honor Maria Ford-Smith is a Jamaican actress, playwright, scholar, and poet. The daughter of a brown Jamaican mother and an English father, Ford-Smith is sometimes described as "Jamaica ...more

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Louis Simpson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Louis Simpson Ships Going into the Blue, An Introduction to Poetry, Three on the Tower Louis Aston Marantz Simpson was an American poet born in Jamaica. He won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his work At the End of the Open Road.

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John Holt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
John Holt The underachieving school, Chasing Fish Tales, How Children Fail John Holt is a reggae singer.

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Joel Augustus Rogers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Joel Augustus Rogers Sex and Race: Negro-Caucasian Mixing in All Ages and All Lands, Five Negro Presidents, The real facts about Ethiopia Joel Augustus Rogers was a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and historian who contributed to the history of Africa and the African diaspora, especially the history of African Americans in ...more

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Michael Manley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Michael Manley Politics of Change Rev Edition, The policy of the People's National Party, We are a country without a conscience Michael Norman Manley ON OCC was a Jamaican politician who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1972 to 1980 and from 1989 to 1992. Coming from a prosperous background, Manley was ...more

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Marcus Garvey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Marcus Garvey Speech delivered at Royal Albert Hall, London, England Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH, was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism ...more

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Barry Reckord is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Barry Reckord Does Fidel eat more than your father? Barry Reckord was a Jamaican playwright, one of the earliest Caribbean writers to make a contribution to theatre in Britain.

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Mutabaruka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Mutabaruka Allan Hope, better known as Mutabaruka, is a Jamaican Rastafari dub poet, musician, and actor. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always ...more

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Geoffrey Philp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Geoffrey Philp Uncle Obadiah and Alien, Xango Music, Benjamin Geoffrey Philp is a Jamaican poet, novelist, and playwright. He is the author of the novel Benjamin, My Son, and five poetry collections: Exodus and Other Poems, Hurricane Center, Florida Bound, ...more

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Neville Garrick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Neville Garrick A Rasta's pilgrimage Neville Garrick is a Jamaican-born Los Angeles-based graphic artist, and photographer. He is a graduate of UCLA. Garrick attended UCLA where he played for the football team, reaching the ...more