Claude McKay was a poet who played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. Remembered for his work If We Must Die, a poem written in response to mob attacks on African-American communities by white Americans, McKay was named the national poet of Jamaica in 1977. For his contribution to literature, he was posthumously honored with the Order of Jamaica.
Marlon James is a Jamaican writer best known for his 2014 novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which earned him the Man Booker Prize in 2015. He is also a recipient of other prestigious awards such as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Minnesota Book Award. James was featured in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list in 2019.
Linton Kwesi Johnson is a Jamaican-born British-based activist and dub poet. He is best known for his poetry that deals with the experiences of an African-Caribbean in Britain. Linton Kwesi Johnson was honored with the PEN Pinter Prize in July 2020.
Bilal Philips is a Canadian author, Islamic teacher, and speaker. He is best known for founding the International Open University where he is currently serving as the chancellor. Bilal Philips has written and commented on many Islamic books and has also appeared on numerous satellite and national television channels, such as Saudi TV, Peace TV, and Sharjah TV.
Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian writer and editor. She is best known for her 1998 novel Brown Girl in the Ring, which earned her the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Hopkinson's works have also earned other prestigious awards, including the World Fantasy Award. In 1999, Hopkinson was honored with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Victor Stafford Reid was a Jamaican writer remembered for presenting his works in the local Creole language to familiarize young Jamaicans with Jamaican history and to instil pride in their culture and language. Reid wrote with the intention of inspiring and influencing the younger generation. He was honored with many awards including the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in Literature.
Trevor Rhone was a Jamaican writer, filmmaker, and playwright. He is best remembered for his contribution as a co-writer of the internationally successful 1972 Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come. In 1999, Trevor Rhone was honored by the Institute of Jamaica with the prestigious Musgrave Gold Medal for his contributions to Jamaican literature, theatre, and film.
Andrew Salkey was a Jamaican poet, novelist, journalist, and children's book writer. He is credited with co-founding the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM) in the 1960s. Apart from writing over 30 books, Andrew Salkey also worked as a teacher; he started in the 1970s and continued teaching until his death in 1995.
Lindsay Barrett is a Jamaican-born Nigerian poet, essayist, novelist, journalist, playwright, and photographer. He achieved popularity during the 1960s and 1970s for his progressive and experimental style. Over the course of his career, Lindsay Barrett has received several prestigious awards such as the Conrad Kent Rivers Memorial Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mary Anne Barker was an English author best remembered for her work that narrates life in New Zealand. Born in Jamaica, Mary Anne married Frederick Napier Broome, after the death of her first husband, and spent a lot of time in New Zealand where she was most prolific as a writer.
John Figueroa was a Jamaican educator and poet. He is best remembered for playing a major role in the development of Caribbean literature both as an anthologist and a poet. John Figueroa is also credited with teaching in several prestigious institutions in places like the United States, Britain, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, and Jamaica.