Goodison, Lorna

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Goodison, Lorna Gender: F
Lorna Gaye Goodison
born on 1 August 1947 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Kingston, Jamaica, 18n00, 76w48
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 08°21' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 01°34 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 10°51'


Jamaican poet, a leading West Indian writer of the generation born after World War II, appointed the second official Poet Laureate of Jamaica in 2017, succeeding Mervyn Morris. She currently divides her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan. Also a painter, Goodison has illustrated her own book covers, as well as exhibiting her artwork in Jamaica and the USA.

She has published 13 collections of poems, two collections of short stories, and a memoir, From Harvey River (2007).

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2007 (Memoir, "From Harvey River")
  • Work : Gain social status 2017 (Poet Laureate of Jamaica)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from From Harvey River: A Memoir Of My Mother And Her Island by Lorna Goodison (Atlantic Books, 2010): "My name is Lorna Goodison. I was born on the first of August, which is celebrated as Emancipation Day in Jamaica. I was born at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning after my mother took a cold shower." Other details from various reference works, including Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk by Susheila Nasta (Psychology Press, 2004), p. 45: "Lorna Goodison, born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1947."

Scholfield notes that the date of 1 August 1947 was a Friday; 1 August 1942 was a Saturday.


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Memoir, "From Harvey River")
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Short stories)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 2017-)