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Tanya Shirley

Short biography
Tanya Shirley was born and lives in Jamaica. She is a graduate student and lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English at UWI, Mona. She was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, USA.

Her work has appeared in Small Axe and The Caribbean Writer and in New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology (ed. Kei Miller, Carcanet, 2007. 

She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a past participant in Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops.

She Who Sleeps With Bones was named a 2009 Jamaican bestseller Jamaica Gleaner: Local books did it big in 09

Watch a short film by Roxana Vilk featuring Jamaican poet Tanya Shirley, commissioned for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland 2014.

Meeting Tanya Shirley in Glasgow from Scottish Poetry Library on Vimeo.

Author photograph © Laura McDonald.