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Pamela Mordecai

PAMELA CLAIRE MORDECAI

Photo: David Mordecai

Born in Jamaica and educated 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 publications officer in the Faculty of Education, UWI, Mona, and publications editor of the Caribbean Journal of Education. The author of over thirty books including textbooks, five children's books, nine collections of poetry, a reference work on Jamaica (with her husband, Martin), a collection of short fiction, Pink Icing (also available as an audiobook) and a novel, Red Jacket, 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 and South Africa, India 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 and, in March 2017, its Caribbean premiere at the Edna Manley School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has read at major festivals including the International Festival of Authors (Toronto) and the Miami International Bookfair and Serbia's Smederevo Poet Autumn She returns to read at both in 2022. In spring 2014, she was a fellow at Yaddo artists' community in upstate New York (yaddo.org). She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Email:
subversivesonnets@gmail.com
City:
TORONTO
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Long and short fiction, poetry, plays
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English, Jamaican Creole

Publications

A FIERCE GREEN PLACE: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS. 2022, New Directions
DE BOOK OF JOSEPH. 2022, Mawenzi House

Awards

Shortlisted for Rogers Writer's Trust Award for Fiction for RED JACKET, 2015
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

Reading and Q&A

Presentation Length:
up to an hour; longer, by arrangement
Genre:
poetry, fiction
Grades:
adults and children, all school grades,
Audience Size:
Any
Presenation:
$1000
Workshop Description:

Any aspects of writing long and short fiction, but dialogue especially. Poetry, especially the use of traditional forms.

Workshop Length:
1-2 hours
Workshop Intended Audience:
all ages and grades
Workshop Audience Size:
up to 20 people
Workshop Fee:
$1000
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

How to make up and tell a good story; how to create and perform a good poem. 

School Presentation Length:
1 hour
School Intended Audience:
all grades; all reading levels
School Audience Size:
20-25
School Presentation Fee:
$1000
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes

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