My name is Geoffrey Philp, and I am a writer from Jamaica. I started this blog to provide readers with information about my writing and the work of contemporary Caribbean and South Florida writers.
Stories and poems about father-son relationships, Anancy (Anansi), and the effects of the Jamaican/Caribbean diaspora have always appealed to me and are the major themes that I've explored in my books--some of which are used as textbooks in many schools, colleges, and universities.
I am available for "Meet the Author" readings/lectures and creative writing workshops where I focus on the craft of writing short stories and poems.
If you'd like to contact me, here's my e-mail address: geoffreyphilp101 [at] gmail.com.
The Abbreviated Bio
Geoffrey Philp, an author from Jamaica, has written two children's books, Marcus and the Amazons, and Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories; two collections of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien and Who's Your Daddy?; a novel, Benjamin, my son, and five poetry collections, Exodus and Other Poems, Florida Bound, Hurricane Center, Xango Music and Dub Wise. A graduate of the University of Miami, where he earned a Master of Arts in English, Philp teaches creative writing at Miami Dade College. He posts interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events from the Caribbean and South Florida on his blog: geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com.
The Long Story
In 1990, I published my first book of poems, Exodus and Other Poems, and four other poetry collections have followed: Florida Bound (1985), hurricane center (1998), xango music (2001), and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas (2005). I have also written a book of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien (1997), and a novel, Benjamin, My Son, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. I've also written two children's books, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories and Marcus and the Amazons.
My poems and short stories have appeared in Small Axe, Asili, The Caribbean Writer, Gulf Stream, Florida in Poetry: A History of the Imagination, Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse.
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You can't see it, but my right hand is sporting a thumbs up sign (good that I can type with one hand).
This blog is one of the most informative on its subject of choice, and is one of the most informative, full-stop. So, naturally, I thank you, and do hope there is much more to come.
Give thanks, Rethabile!
What happened? Were you injured playing soccer?
I would like to discover your poetry.
Where can I read your text on the web?
Dear Denis Heudre,
Greetings & Welcome!
Here are a few poems that have been compiled by my friend, Rethabile Masilo:
Geoffrey Philp's Poetry on the Web
My name is Lynn and m a third year student studying literature and one of my courses is Caribbean Lit. I have an assignment on one of your short stories "My Brother's Keeper" and I was wondering if you can share what issues you were trying to address and what exactly was going through your mind.I would appreciate your help.
Thank YOU, Lynn
Lynn, I'll post the answers tomorrow (6/23/08) on the site: Reader Question: "My Bother's Keeper."
I have enjoyed your blog. greetings from Dylan Thomas country ... Wales, UK!
Greetings Coastcard !
Thanks for stopping by and especially since this is from Dylan Thomas country ...the home of one of my favorite poets:
"And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away..."
What a lovely blog you have here, Geoffrey. I'm so glad you shared it with me.
Casey, thanks for dropping by.
This is a generous and brilliant blog. I am proud of my fellow Jamaican - large abroad!
Thank you and Welcome, Ms. Lowrie-Chin.
I am a big fan of your column and I'm looking forward to reading your book.
your blog is very nice.. I like it.. :)
I'm a Guyanese writer. I just saw your site mentioned on Caribbean Literary Salon and came over to say Hi. I've never seen a blog design like this one, especially on a Blogger platform.
Anne, I'm using the Dynamic views template. Thanks for stopping by.
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Real Music Lover (Jupiter Gallo)
Give thanks, Jupiter.
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