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Garfield Ellis


Garfield Ellis grew up in Jamaica, the eldest of nine children.  He studied marine engineering, management and public relations in Jamaica and completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Miami, on full scholarship as a James Michener Fellow.

He is a two-time winner of the Una Marson prize for adult literature; in the first instance for his first collection of short stories, Flaming Hearts (pub. 1997), later for the novel, Till I’m Laid To Rest and in 2017 for his novel Land We Love. He has twice won the Canute A. Brodhurst prize for fiction (The Caribbean Writer, University of Virgin Islands) 2000 & 2005 and the 1990 Heinemann/Lifestyle short story competition.

Garfield is the author of six published books: Flaming Hearts, Wake Rasta, Such As I Have, For Nothing at All, Till I’m Laid To Rest and The Angels’ Share. His work has appeared in several international journals, including; Callaloo, Calabash, the Caribbean writer, Obsidian III, Anthurium and Small Axe 


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Flaming Hearts and Other Stories. Jamaica Book Development Council, 1996
Wake Rasta and Other Stories. Tallawah Press, 2001
Such As I Have. Macmillan, London, 2003
For Nothing At All. Macmillan. London, 2005
Till I'm Laid To Rest. Nsemia, Toronto, 2010
The Angels' Share. Akashic , New York, 2016


Una Marson Award for Fiction for Flaming Heats and Other Stories, 1996
Una Marson Award for Fiction for Till I'm Laid To Rest, 1999
Una Marson Award for Fiction for Land We Love, 2017
Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Fiction for Hartel (short Story), 2000
Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Fiction for The Night Stevie Died (Short Story), 2005
Heinemann/Lifestyle Short Story Competition for Breeze (Short Story), 1990
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