Edward Chamberlin and Lorna Goodison reading

A talk from the author of Come Back to Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies, followed by a guest reading from Jamaican Laureate Lorna Goodison.

J. Edward Chamberlin is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. His numerous publications also include: Ripe Was the Drowsy Hour: The Age of Oscar Wilde; Come; If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Finding Common Ground; Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations; Island: How Islands Transform the World; and The Banker and the Blackfoot: An Untold Story of Friendship, Trust and Broken Promises. He lives with his wife, the celebrated poet Lorna Goodison, in Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia.

Come Back To Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies has just been re-published (with a new Afterword) by Peepal Tree Press, 25 years after its first publication.

Lorna Goodison is Professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her numerous poetry collections include Tamarind SeasonHearteaseTraveling MerciesControlling the SilverGoldengrove: New and Selected Poems and Supplying Salt and Light.

Her work appears in the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces and her many honors include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Americas Region.


Admission is free, however places should be booked via Eventbrite.


Alumni Room, School of English