Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Claire Mordecai (born 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican writer, teacher, and scholar and poet. She attended high school in Jamaica and college in the USA, where she did a first degree in English. A trained language-arts teacher with a PhD in English, she has taught at secondary and tertiary levels, trained teachers, and worked in media and in publishing.

Mordecai has written articles on Caribbean literature, education and publishing, and has collaborated on, or herself written, over thirty books, including textbooks, children’s books, and four books of poetry for adults. She has edited several anthologies. Her poems and stories for children are widely known and have been used in textbooks in the UK, Canada, the USA, West Africa and the Caribbean. Her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies in the Caribbean, the USA and Canada.

Pam Mordecai has lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada since 1994, but the Caribbean experience continues to be the focus of her writing.


"Contemporary Caribbean Writers in Conversation: Interview with Pamela Mordecai" in "Wadabegei" Volume 7 No. 2 Summer/Fall 2004, pp 73-83

Interview with Pamela Mordecai in "Why We Write: Conversations with African Canadian Poets and Novelists (Paperback)" (ed. H Nigel Thomas), TSAR Publications, 2006.


* "Jamaica Woman" (ed., with Mervyn Morris) (1980), anthology. ISBN 0435986007.
* "New Caribbean Junior Reader 3" (with Grace Walker Gordon) (1985). ISBN 0602226759.
* "New Caribbean Junior Reader 4" (with Grace Walker Gordon) (1986). ISBN 0602226767.
* "Journey Poem" (1987), poetry. ISBN 9768001178
* "New Caribbean Infant Reader 1" (with Grace Walker Gordon) (1987). ISBN 9780602269616.
* "From Our Yard: Jamaican Poetry since Independence" (ed.) (1987), anthology.ISBN 976801704X.
* " Story Poems: a first collection" (1987), poetry for children. ISBN 060222876X.
* "Her True-True Name" (ed., with Elizabeth Wilson) (1989), anthology. ISBN 0435989065.
* "Don't Ever Wake a Snake" (1991), poems and stories for children. ISBN 9768070072.
* "Sunsong Tide Rising" (ed., with Grace Walker Gordon) (1994) anthology. ISBN 0582086906.
* "de Man" (1995), poetry. ISBN 0920813232.
* "Ezra's Goldfish and other storypoems" (1995), poetry for children. ISBN 9789768139597.
* "Rohan Goes to Big School" (2000), story for children. ISBN 9780199158638.
* "The Costume Parade" (2000), story for children. ISBN 9780199158652.
* "Certifiable" (2001), poetry. ISBN 0864922957.
* "Culture and Customs of Jamaica" (with Martin Mordecai) (2001). ISBN 031330534X.
* "The True Blue of Islands" (2005), poetry. ISBN 1894528018.
* "Calling Cards: New Poetry from Caribbean/Canadian Women" (ed.) (2005). ISBN 1894528026.
* "Pink Icing and other stories" (2006), short stories. ISBN 9781897178324.
* "El Numero Uno or The Jonkanoo Pig from Lopinot", play, commissioned by the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto.

External links

* [ Biography at WIER (Writers In Electronic Residence)]

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