Alecia McKenzie

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Alecia McKenzie (born Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican writer and journalist.[1]


She studied at Alpha Academy, Kingston; Troy University, and Columbia University, focusing on languages, art and journalism.[2] At Troy University, she was the first Jamaican editor of the student newspaper, The Tropolitan, and graduated summa cum laude.

She has worked for various international news organizations and has taught Communications at the Free University of Brussels.[3] Besides Jamaica, she has lived in the United States, Belgium, England and Singapore and now mainly shares her time between France, where she is based with her family, and the Caribbean.[4]

Writing career[edit]

Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, won the regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean). Her second book, When the Rain Stopped in Natland, is a novella for young readers, and has been included on the literacy program in several schools.[citation needed]

That was followed by a novella for teenagers, Doctor's Orders, which is a part-adventure, part-detective story, with mostly teenage characters, set in the Caribbean; and a second collection of stories, Stories From Yard. Her latest book is Sweetheart, a novel, which on 21 May 2012 was announced as the Caribbean regional winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012.[5] The French translation of Sweetheart (Trésor) won the Prix Carbet des lycéens in 2017.[6]


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