"Jamaica-born Lorna Goodison, the author of eight books of poetry and two short story collections, has been called Jamaica’s most important living poet. She has been quoted as saying, “[Poetry] is a dominating, intrusive tyrant. It’s something I have to do—a wicked force.” That irresistible force has brought her much international attention and critical praise, and in 1999 she was awarded the Musgrave Gold Medal in her home country. Her latest book, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People (McClelland & Stewart, 2007), is a detour into non-fiction and was the winner of the $40,000 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. In awarding her the prize, the jury cited Goodison’s “lyrical blend of memory and mythology and the sheer pleasure of reading her memoir” as reasons for their choice. The book was also a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
Lorna Goodison divides her time between Toronto and Ann Arbor Michigan where she currently teaches at the University of Michigan." (christiguc)