A Note from Jim Smith: Judy Merril recruited me into the Writers Union about 1985. She made a unique contribution right up until her death in 1997. It's been 18 years, and I decided I was going to do a Fringe Festival one-man show about Judy, just to remember her. Below is the boilerplate, if you...
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.