My name is Geoffrey Philp
, and I am a writer from Jamaica. I started Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot 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
(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 is the author of a children’s book, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories
; a novel, Benjamin, My Son
; two collections of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien
and Who's Your Daddy?: And Other Stories
, and five poetry collections: Exodus and Other Poems, Florida Bound, hurricane center, xango music,
and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas
. His work has been anthologized in both the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories
and the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse
. He teaches English and creative writing at Miami Dade College where he is the chairperson of the College Prep. Department.
The Long Story
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and I attended Mona Primary and Jamaica College
, where I studied literature under the tutelage of Dennis Scott
. When I left Jamaica in 1979, I went to Miami Dade College
and after graduating, I 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
. Since then, I have attended workshops with Derek Walcott
, Edward Albee
, and Israeli playwright, Matti Meged. As a James Michener Fellow
at the University of Miami
, I studied poetry under Kamau Brathwaite
and fiction with George Lamming
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 continue to work on many projects such as a children's book, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories
, and just completed a book of short stories, Who's Your Daddy? and Other Stories
(Peepal Tree Press
, 2009), a hypertext novel, Virtual Yardies,
and a novel, A LoveSong for Kathryn
, which is set in South Florida and begins on Bloomsday
. The major stars of the novel are a hurricane, a missing daughter, and a Rastaman—kind of Zora Neale Hurston
meets South Florida and Jamaica.
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.
I hope you will enjoy reading Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories.