Famous Jamaican Writers

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 1 Cedella Booker

Cedella Booker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: April 8, 2008

 2 Claude McKay

Claude McKay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948

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.

 3 Bilal Philips

Bilal Philips
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Famous As: teacher, writer
Birthdate: January 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston
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 4 Marlon James

Marlon James
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Famous As: novelist, writer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Kingston

 5 Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chapelton, Jamaica

 6 Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Jamaica

 7 Louise Bennett-Coverley

Louise Bennett-Coverley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 26, 2006
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 8 Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson
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Famous As: Speculative fiction writer and editor
Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 9 Victor Stafford Reid

Victor Stafford Reid
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: August 25, 1987

 10 Louis Simpson

Louis Simpson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: September 14, 2012

 11 Trevor Rhone

Trevor Rhone
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: September 15, 2009

 12 Lindsay Barrett

Lindsay Barrett
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist,Journalist
Birthdate: September 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lucea, Jamaica

 13 Andrew Salkey

Andrew Salkey
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colón, Panama
Died: April 28, 1995

 14 Hugh B. Cave

Hugh B. Cave
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: June 27, 2004

Pulp fiction and horror/fantasy author Hugh B. Cave had started his career writing for magazines, where his short stories were published under multiple pseudonyms. He created the character The Eel under using the pen name Justin Case and later gained fame for works such as The Nebulon Horror.

 15 Mary Anne Barker

Mary Anne Barker
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 29, 1831
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Died: March 6, 1911

 16 John Figueroa

John Figueroa
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: March 5, 1999