Country

Jamaica

General Presentation:

Velma Pollard was born in Jamaica in 1937 and is retired from the University of the West Indies (Mona campus), where she was a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics. After taking a Master of Education Sciences at McGill University (Montreal) and a Master of teaching English at Columbia University (New York), she taught secondary-school and university classes in Jamaica, Trinidad, French Guiana and the United States. Her research has mainly focused on Creole languages and the English-speaking Caribbean, language in Caribbean literature and the women of Caribbean literature. Velma has written her whole life. She won her first prize for a poem at just seven years of age. It was not until 1975 however, that, encouraged by her sister Erna Brodber and others close to her, she began sending her writings to local newspapers such as the Jamaican Journal. Since then, she has published poems and short stories in a wide variety of regional and international magazines and anthologies. Her novel Karl was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize in 1992. She has also published two collections of short stories and three collections of poems. As an academic, Velma Pollard decoded the language of the Rasta community through Dread Talk - the Language of the Rastafari. One of her most recent publications is a collection of short stories entitled Considering Woman II.

Select bibliography

  • Considering Woman II. Peepal Tree Press, 2010
  • Leaving Traces. Peepal Tree Press, 2008
  • The Best Philosophers I Know Can't Read or Write. Mango Publishing, 2001
  • Homestretch. Longman House, 1994
  • Karl and Other Stories. Longman House, 1992
  • Shame Trees Don't Grow Here. Peepal Tree Press, 1991
  • Considering Woman. The Women’s Press, 1989
  • Crown Point and Other Poems. Peepal Tree Press, 1988

Prizes and distinctions

1992: Casa de las Américas Prize for her novel Karl.

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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