Biography

photo by Udemba McLean

Yashika Graham is a Jamaican writer, visual artist and the 2019 recipient of the Mervyn Morris Prize for poetry. An executive member of the Poetry Society of Jamaica, she won the 2018 and 2019 Poetry Clash Competitions at the University of the West Indies, Mona where she studies Literatures in English. In 2016 she won the Noteworthy Writer Award from the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition for her poem “Time Travel” for which she released a 2017 short film following the release of her 2016 short film “Directions from the Border.” Graham received a 2018 Centrum Writers’ Residency and 2019 Urban Wilderness Project Research and Teaching Fellowship, and is published in journals including The Caribbean Writer, Susumba, POUi, Spillway magazine, PREE Lit, Moko magazine, Jamaica Journal, Magma 76 and anthologized in Cordite Review 81: New Caribbean Writing, selected by Vladimir Lucien. Currently working on her first poetry collection, Graham has read her work, given lectures and taught cross-genre workshops internationally including for the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference in Washington, USA.

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