Dr. Natalie Corthesy

Natalie Corthésy is a Jamaican poet and the 2020 Winner of The Caribbean Writer’s Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize for a new or emerging writer for “The Helper Experiment” published in The Caribbean Writer Volume 34 under the theme, Dignity, Power and Place in the Caribbean Space. She is also the recipient of many awards in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s National Festival of the Arts Creative Writing Competition. Natalie’s work has been published in the Daily Gleaner, The Carimac Times, We Are Goodenough Magazine, Interviewing the Caribbean and The Caribbean Writer. She is a Calabash International Literary Festival Poetry Workshop fellow and a contributor to the anthology: So Much Things to Say 100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival, edited by Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer (Akashic Books 2010). Her first anthology Fried Green Plantains (Nasara Publishing 2017) is a delightful recipe of poems, inviting the reader to sample visual images of an authentic Jamaican landscape. The perception of the vestiges of colonisation, and the imagery of an emerging urban Jamaican society, are sometimes jarring, but always profoundly honest and relatable. Prof Mervyn Morris, former Poet Laureate of Jamaica, describes her second anthology Sky Juice (Ian Randle Publishers 2021) as "carefully crafted poems, which wittily acknowledge Jamaican privilege and celebrate our popular culture, feminine identity is a central concern. The persona, identified as ‘a browning’, is recalling childhood and later events; reviewing dreams, desire, disappointment, sex and love. Sky Juice is distinctive work, an attractive collection". Natalie lives and works in Kingston as a Senior Lecturer at The University of the West Indies, Mona. www.skyjuicebooklaunch.com

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