Lorna Goodison, the Poet Laureate of Jamaica – 2017 to 2020, is being lauded for her contribution to Jamaican culture and education.
Goodison, who has published more than 12 internationally acclaimed collections of poetry, including I Am Becoming My Mother, Heartease, Travelling Merices and Controlling the Silver, has been praised by Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.
“Throughout her tenure, she has elevated brand Jamaica, globally and right here at home. The focus work of Lorna in the field of education and culture at varying levels through the deep examination and careful production of Jamaican poetry helped propelled Jamaica forward and we are extremely proud of you,” Grange said.
The Minister was speaking at the Poet Laureate of Jamaica appreciation ceremony last Friday.
Goodison has received numerous awards for her work, including Jamaica’s Musgrave Gold Medal in 1999. She was also the 2019 recipient of the Gold Medal for Poetry from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11 of the United Kingdom, and recently she was also been elected as an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science.
These accolades, Grange said, come as no surprise.
“These awards have come to Lorna within her final months of service as Poet Laureate of Jamaica. These accolades follow three years of selfless service to the youth of Jamaica through the envisioning and implementation of meaningful programmes,” she said.
One of Goodison’s latest work is the ‘New Voices: Selected by Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 2017-2020’, which is one of the most recent publications of the National Library of Jamaica. This project comes as Goodison is about to end her tenure as Poet Laureate.