World Poetry Day features poet laureate Mervyn Morris

Jamaica’s poet laureate, Mervyn Morris, is in the Cayman Islands to participate in local events in connection with Tuesday’s World Poetry Day.

He will lead a free poetry recital Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Cassia Court in Camana Bay. The event will be followed by a book signing by Mr. Morris.

The evening comes as part of a week of poetry celebrations organized by local writers and artists in the Cayman Islands.

The renowned poet has given several presentations while in Cayman, including a weekend adult poetry workshop, a teen workshop Monday evening and talks at schools on Monday and Tuesday.

The week’s events were organized by the Cayman Literary Development Programme with support from Cayman National Bank, Dart Cayman Islands and Lorna Reid.

Mr. Morris is professor emeritus at the University of West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. In 2014 he was named Jamaica’s poet laureate, the third in the country.

Some of his notable poetry books include “The Pond” and “I Been There, Sort Of: New and Selected Poems.”

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