Jane King-Hippolyte

Jane King, also known as Jane King Hippolyte, is a poet whose work has been recognised as part of the new wave of Caribbean women’s writing which has been changing the shape of Caribbean literature for the last two decades. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies in the UK, USA and the Caribbean. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and was the first recipient of the James Rodway Memorial Prize for poetry, instituted by Derek Walcott. She has received a Witter Bynner fellowship to Yaddo and a James Michener Fellowship to the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute to nurture her work as a writer. She also spent a year at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, where she studied acting.

A former lecturer in English, she has designed and taught courses in creative writing. She was Dean of the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College for thirteen years, and was a founding director of Saint Lucia’s Lighthouse Theatre Company, where she acted in a number of plays. She is the holder of an M.A. an LL.B. and a Diploma in Education from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and she subsequently earned an M. A, in Literary Studies from Deakin University in Australia, working by distance education in the late 90s.


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