‐ Home of the Best in Caribbean & Black British Writing ‐
Birthplace
Jamaica
Residence
United States of America
Identities
Jamaica, United States of America
DOB
Not provided
Gender
Male

Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp is a Jamaican author of poetry, short stories, novels and children's books. Philp teaches creative writing at Miami Dade College and has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Miami. Peepal Tree has published seven of his books. A huge supporter of Caribbean books and writers, he posts interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events from the Caribbean and South Florida on his blog (under the website link).

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Geoffrey Philp attended Mona Primary and Jamaica College, where he studied literature under the tutelage of Dennis Scott. After leaving Jamaica in 1979, he went to Miami Dade College and after graduating, he studied Caribbean, African and African-American literature with Dr. O.R. Dathorne and creative writing with Lester Goran, Evelyn Wilde Mayerson, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. As a James Michener Fellow at the University of Miami, he studied poetry with Kamau Brathwaite and fiction with George Lamming.

In 1990, he published his first book of poems, Exodus and Other Poems, four other poetry collections have followed: Florida Bound (1985), hurricane center (1998), xango music (2001), and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas (2005). He has published 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. He has also written two children's books,Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories and Marcus and the Amazons.

His poems and short stories are widely published, appearing 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.

He posts interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events from the Caribbean and South Florida on his blogĀ http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com

‐ Home of the Best in Caribbean & Black British Writing ‐