Famous Authors from Jamaica

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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
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.
Hugh B. Cave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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.
Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Nalo Hopkinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Trevor D. Rhone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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.
Evan Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Peter Abrahams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
A night of their own, Wild conquest, Return to Goli
Peter Henry Abrahams Deras is a South African novelist, journalist and political commentator.
M. G. Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Government in Kano, 1350-1950, The study of social structure
Michael Garfield Smith OM was a Jamaican poet and social anthropologist.
Rachel Manley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
John Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Lorna Goodison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Mervyn Morris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
John Edgar Colwell Hearne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Sure Salvation, PrishlyÄ­ u vorot, Canterbury
John Edgar Colwell Hearne was a white Jamaican novelist, journalist, and teacher.
Olive Senior is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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.
Pamela Mordecai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Makeda Silvera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Andrew Salkey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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.
Brian Meeks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Carbbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory, Radical Caribbean, Narratives of resistance
Brian Meeks is a Caribbean poet and academic.
Cedella Marley-Booker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
Cedella Malcolm Marley Booker was the mother of Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley and a singer and writer.
Colin Channer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Glen Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Roger Mais is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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
Kei Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
There is an anger that moves, The same Earth
Kei Miller is an award-winning Jamaican poet, fiction writer, essayist and blogger.
John Cameron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Jamaica
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