Wednesday, 9 September 2009
ARTS BRIEF: Poetess Goodison nabs prestigious appointment
Internationally acclaimed Jamaican poet and author Lorna Goodison has been named the Lemuel A Johnson collegiate professor of literature and Afro-American and African studies at the University of Michigan.
An official statement from the University of Michigan states, "With the endorsement of the executive committee of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, we are pleased to recommend the appointment of Lorna Goodison as the Lemuel A. Johnson collegiate professor of English and Afro-American and African studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for a five-year renewable term, effective September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2014."
A celebrated voice in West Indian literature, Goodsion, 62, has published 11 collections of poetry, including I Am Becoming My Mother, which won the 1986 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She has published two collections of her short stories, Baby Mother and The King of Swords (1990) and 2005's Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-vain Savannah. Her latest book is the memoir From Harvey River, which won a 2008 Canadian non-fiction award. Among her many other honours is the Gold Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for her contribution to literature.