Member Profile

Pamela Mordecai

Photo: Martin Mordecai 2015

Born in Jamaica and educaated there and in the USA, Pamela ('Pam') Mordecai and her family immigrated to Canada in 1994. A former language arts teacher with a PhD in English, she was for fourteen years editor of the Caribbean Journal of Education. The author of over thirty books including textbooks, children's books, five collections of poetry, a reference work on Jamaica (with her husband, Martin), a collection of short fiction and a novel, her creative and critical writing appears in numerous journals, as well as in major anthologies of Caribbean and African-Canadian literature. Her writing for children and adults is represented in anthologies and textbooks on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in West Africa and Malaysia. She has a strong interest in promoting the writing of Caribbean women and has edited and co-edited ground-breaking anthologies of their writing.  In 2010 her play, El Numero Uno had its world premiere at the Loraine Kimsa theatre for Young People. She has read at major festivals including the International Festival of Authors (Toronto) and the Miami Inernational Bookfair. In spring 2014, she was a fellow at Yaddo artists' community in upstate New York (yaddo.org). She lives with her husband in Kitchener, Ontario.

 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Red Jacket: a novel. Thomas Allen , 2015
Subversive Sonnets . Toronto: TSAR, 2012
Pink Icing: stories. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2006
Calling Cards: New Poetry From Caribbean/Canadian Women (editor). Kingston and Toronto: Sandberry Press, 2005
The True Blue of Islands. 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: Oxford University Press, 2000
Rohan Goes to Big School. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000

Awards

Institute of Jamaica Musgrave Bronze Medal for Merit in the Field of Writing, 2013
BURLA award for contribution to Caribbean literature, 2005
Shortlisted, James Tiptree Jnr. award for Speculative Fiction for "Once on the Shores of the Stream, Senegambia", 2000
Prism International short story contest for short story (Runner-up) for "Limber Like Me" (as Claire Marie Hitchins), 1998
Inaugural Vic Reid Award for Children's Literature for Ezra's Goldfish and other Storypoems, 1993
Institute of Jamaica Tercentenary Award for Services in the Field of Writing, 1980
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

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