Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Author, and Painter Lorna Goodison CD, has been awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal For Poetry on the basis of the body of her work. Named Poet Laureate in 2017, Goodison’s work is inclusive of Tamarind Season (1980), Heartease (1988), Traveling Mercies (2001), Controlling the Silver (2005), Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems (2006) and Supplying Salt and Light (2013).
Sir Patrick Allen is heartened to extend his commendations to Goodison who he has dubbed a “literary lighthouse”. He has noted her contributions to Jamaica and the Caribbean landscape by extension, citing her as having made an indelible mark in capturing, portraying and expressing with authenticity the richness of the Jamaican culture and experience. His Excellency stressed the importance of literature, urging Jamaicans to familiarize themselves with those who have made it their life’s work to tell our stories.
In August 2013, she was awarded the Jamaican national honour of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), for outstanding achievements in Literature and Poetry.
Goodison is the second official Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the First Woman to hold the title.