Save the Date: Geoffrey Philp Reads DUB WISE @ Books & Books
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
Geoffrey Philp is a poet and fiction writer who teaches English at Miami Dade College, where he also chairs the North Campus' College Preparatory Department. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he attended Mona Primary and Jamaica College, where he studied literature under the tutelage of Dennis Scott. When he left Jamaica in 1979, he went to Miami Dade College and after graduating, studied Caribbean, African and African-American literature with Dr. O.R. Dathorne and creative writing with Lester Goran and Isaac Bashevis Singer at the University of Miami, where he earned both a baccalaureate degree and Master of Arts in English. In 1991, he returned to the U. of Miami as a James Michener Fellow and studied poetry under Kamau Brathwaite and fiction with George Lamming.
Prof. Philp has published five collections of poetry; a children's book; two books of short stories, Who’s Your Daddy? and Uncle Obadiah and the Alien, and a book of poems and short stories titled Twelve Poems and a Story for Christmas. His master's thesis, Benjamin, My Son, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2003. A critically acclaimed author, Philp's work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Small Axe, Gulf Stream, Canopic Jar, Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, tongues of the ocean and St. Somewhere Journal.
This evening, Geoffrey Philp will read excerpts from his newest collection of poems, Dub Wise. Scheduled to be released by Peepal Tree Press in late September, it has already garnered praise from other poets:
“Without losing the joy of play or the play of the rhythms, Dub Wise celebrates the burdens and delights of love, friendships and the responsibility of being at home in the world.”--Olive Senior
“Geoffrey Philp...sensitively explores his complex heritage, alert to the environment he has entered and to his Jamaican roots.” --Mervyn Morris
“Above all, there is the continuing infolding of a ‘Jamaica Tradition’ as being established in the voices of Morris & Dawes, plus also the acknowledgment of McNeill, Baugh, Mikey Smith & Garvey, and the NL of Jean Binta Breeze.” --Kamau Brathwaite.