Member Profile

Pamela Mordecai

Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai was born and grew up in Jamaica. A former language arts teacher with a PhD in English, she was for fourteen years editor of the Caribbean Journal of Education. She has for many years contributed to developing curricula for students of African- and Asian-Caribbean heritage in the Caribbean as well as the UK. The author of over thirty books including textbooks, children's books, four collections of poetry and a reference work on Jamaica, her poetry appears in journals worldwide and in major anthologies of Caribbean and African-Canadian literature. Her writing for children is represented in anthologies and textbooks on both sides of the Atlantic. She has a strong interest in promoting the writing of women and has edited ground-breaking anthologies of their writing. She has also written short stories, plays and articles on Caribbean literature and publishing. Her family came to Canada in 1994. She lives in Toronto.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

The True Blue of Islands. Kingston and Toronto: Sandberry Press, 2005.
Calling Cards: New Poetry From Caribbean/Canadian Women. Kingston and Toronto: Sandberry Press, 2005.
Certifiable. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2001.
Culture & Customs of Jamaica. with Martin Mordecai. CT: USA: Greenwood Press, 2001.
The Costume Parade. Oxford: OUP, 2000.

Awards

BURLA award for contribution to Caribbean literature, 2005.
Shortlisted, James Tiptree Jnr. award for short story for "Once on the Shores of the Stream, Senegambia", 2000.
Runner-up Prism International short story contest for short story for "Limber Like Me" (as Claire Marie Hitchins), 1998.
Inaugural Vic Reid Award for Children's Literature, 1993.
Institute of Jamaica Tercentenary Award for Services in the Field of Writing, 1980.

WITS

Presentation Description
Presentation Length:
60 min.
Genre:
Poetry/Stories(Adult & Children); Plays
Grades:
any
Audience size:
any
Workshop Description:
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$250
Two sessions:
$250
Three sessions:
$500
Four sessions:
$500
One session:
$150
Two sessions:
$150
Three sessions:
$350
Four sessions:
$350
GST:
GST not applicable