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Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai

Photo: Martin 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 editor of the Caribbean Journal of Education. The author of over thirty books including textbooks, children's books, six 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 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 Inernational Bookfair. In spring 2014, she was a fellow at Yaddo artists' community in upstate New York ( She lives with her husband in Kitchener, Ontario.



Red Jacket: a novel. TAP Books, 2015
de book of Mary. Mawenzi House, 2015
Subversive Sonnets . TSAR, 2012
Pink Icing: stories. Insomniac Press, 2006
The True Blue of Islands. Sandberry Press, 2005
Calling Cards: New Poetry From Caribbean/Canadian Women (editor). Sandberry Press, 2005
Certifiable. Goose Lane Editions, 2001
Culture & Customs of Jamaica (with Martin Mordecai). Greenwood Press, 2001
Rohan Goes to Big School. Oxford University Press, 2000
The Costume Parade. Oxford University Press, 2000
de Man: a performance poem. Sister Vision Press, 1995


Woman of Distinction – Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, 2016
Shortlisted, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Award for Red Jacket: a novel, 2015
Shortlisted for The Bridport Prize (UK) for "Blooming in Barcelona" (poem), 2008
Shortlisted for CBC Literary Awards for "Litany on the Line" (poem), 2007
BURLA Award for Overall Contribution to Caribbean Literature, 2005
Shortlisted, James Tiptree Jnr. Award for Speculative Fiction for "Once on the Shores of the Stream, Senegambia" (short story), 2000
Runner-up – Prism International short story contest for "Limber Like Me" (short story), 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:


Presentation Length:
60 min.
Poetry/Stories(Adult & Children); Plays
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