Mervyn Morris was appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica in 2014. He has had an abiding impact on the literature of the Caribbean as poet, essayist, and teacher. He was born in Kingston (1937), studied at the University College of the West Indies and as a Rhodes Scholar, at S.t Edmund Hall, Oxford. He taught at the University of the West Indies. He received Jamaica’s Order of Merit in 2009. His publications include The Pond, ‘Is English We Speaking’ and Other Essays, Shadowboxing, On Holy Week, and I been there, sort of: New and Selected Poems.