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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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    Remembered with affection, This troublesome world or 'Bet of Stow.'

    BirthplaceSpanish Town, Jamaica

    Birthdate1831-01-01

    NationalityJamaica, New Zealand

    Mary Anne Barker, Lady Barker, later Mary Anne Broome, Lady Broome, was an author.  ...more
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    Bottled in Blonde, Long Were The Nights

    BirthplaceChester, England

    Birthdate1910-07-11

    NationalityUnited 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
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    Banjo, a story without a plot

    BirthplaceClarendon Parish, Jamaica

    Birthdate1889-09-15

    NationalityUnited 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
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    The Salt Roads, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1960-12-20

    NationalityJamaica

    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
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    Old story time ; and, Smile orange

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1940-03-24

    NationalityJamaica

    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
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    Protector of the Indians, Stone haven

    BirthplacePortland Parish, Jamaica

    Birthdate1927-01-01

    NationalityJamaica

    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
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    A night of their own, Wild conquest

    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    Birthdate1919-03-03

    NationalityJamaica, South Africa

    Peter Henry Abrahams Deras (3 March 1919 – 18 January 2017), commonly known as Peter Abrahams, was a South African-born novelist, journalist and political commentator who in 1956 settled in Jamaica,  ...more
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  • 8
    Government in Kano, 1350-1950

    BirthplaceJamaica

    Birthdate1921-01-01

    NationalityJamaica

    Michael Garfield Smith OM (18 August 1921 - 5 January 1993) was a Jamaican social anthropologist and poet of international repute.  ...more
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  • 9
    Slipstream, Drumblair

    BirthplaceCornwall, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1947-07-03

    NationalityCanada, United Kingdom, Jamaica

    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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    Staffing and examinations in British Caribbean secondary schools, Love leaps here

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1920-08-04

    NationalityJamaica

    John Joseph Maria Figueroa (4 August 1920 – 5 March 1999) was a Jamaican poet and educator. He played a significant role in the development of Anglophone Caribbean literature both as a poet and an  ...more
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    Quartet of Poems, Quartet of Stories

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1947-01-01

    NationalityJamaica

    Lorna Goodison CD (born 1 August 1947) 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,  ...more
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  • 12
    The Pond, Examination Centre

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1937-01-01

    NationalityJamaica

    Mervyn Eustace Morris OM (Jamaica) (born 21 February 1937) is a poet and professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. According to educator Ralph Thompson, "In addition to  ...more
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  • 13
    Sure Salvation, Prishlyĭ u vorot

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Birthdate1926-02-04

    NationalityJamaica

    John Edgar Colwell Hearne (4 February 1926 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada – 12 December 1994 in Stony Hill, Jamaica) was a mixed race Jamaican novelist, journalist, and teacher.  ...more
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    Quartet of Stories, Over the Roofs of the World

    BirthplaceTrelawny Parish, Jamaica

    Birthdate1941-12-23

    NationalityCanada, Jamaica

    Olive Marjorie Senior (born 23 December 1941) is a Jamaican poet, novelist, short story and non-fiction writer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was awarded the Musgrave Gold Medal in 2005 by  ...more
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  • 15
    Culture and Customs of Jamaica, Certifiable

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1942-01-01

    NationalityCanada, Jamaica

    Pamela Claire Mordecai (born 1942) is a Jamaican-born poet, novelist, short story writer, scholar and anthologist who lives in Canada.  ...more
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    The Heart Does Not Bend, Piece of My Heart

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1955-01-01

    NationalityCanada, Jamaica

    Makeda Silvera (born 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica) 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,  ...more
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  • 17
    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

    BirthplaceColón, Panama

    Birthdate1928-01-30

    NationalityJamaica

    Andrew Salkey (30 January 1928 – 28 April 1995) was a novelist, poet, children's books writer and journalist of Jamaican and Panamanian origin. He was born in Panama but raised in Jamaica, moving to  ...more
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  • 18
    Carbbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory, Radical Caribbean

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Birthdate1953-01-01

    NationalityJamaica

    Brian Meeks (born 1953) is a Caribbean poet and academic.  ...more
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    Sidilla Editha "Cedella" Booker (née Malcolm and previously Marley) (July 23, 1926 – April 8, 2008) was a Jamaican singer and writer. She was the mother of reggae musician Bob Marley.  ...more
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    The Girl With the Golden Shoes, Iron Balloons

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1963-01-01

    NationalityUnited States of America, Jamaica

    Colin Channer (born 13 October 1963) 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.  ...more
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  • 21
    The Cinema Dreams Its Rivals : Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet

    BirthplaceSaint Catherine Parish, Jamaica

    Birthdate1968-04-11

    NationalityJamaica

    Paul Young (born 1956) is an English rock and pop musician. Paul Young may also refer to:  ...more
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  • 22
    Digital Wedding Photography, The Temple of the Sky

    BirthplaceClarendon Parish, Jamaica

    Birthdate1969-01-02

    NationalityJamaica

    Glengoffe Donovan Johnson (born 2 January 1969) is a Jamaican former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2015. He held the IBF, IBO and Ring magazine light heavyweight titles between 2004  ...more
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  • 23
    Brother Man, The hills were joyful together

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1905-08-11

    NationalityJamaica

    Roger Mais (11 August 1905 – 21 June 1955) 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  ...more
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  • 24
    There is an anger that moves, The same Earth

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1978-10-24

    NationalityJamaica

    Kei Miller (born 24 October 1978) is an award-winning Jamaican poet, fiction writer, essayist and blogger. He is also a teacher of creative writing.  ...more
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  • 25
    The development of education in East Africa

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Birthdate1914-04-08

    NationalityJamaica

    John Cameron may refer to:  ...more
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