Born in Woodside, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica, she gained a B.A. from the University College of the West Indies, followed by an M.Sc and Ph.D. She subsequently worked as a civil servant, teacher, sociology lecturer, and at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Mona, Jamaica.
She is the author of four novels: Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980), Myal (1988), Louisiana (1994) and The Rainmaker's Mistake (2007). She won the Caribbean and Canadian regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1989 for Myal. In 1999 she received the Jamaican Musgrave Gold Award for Literature and Orature. Brodber currently works as a freelance writer, researcher and lecturer in Jamaica. She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of the West Indies.
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- Nothing's Mat (University of West Indies Press, 2014), ISBN 978-9766404949
- The Rainmaker's Mistake (New Beacon Books, 2007), ISBN 978-1873201206
- Louisiana (New Beacon Books, 1994)
- Myal: A Novel (New Beacon Books, 1988), ISBN 978-0901241863
- Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (New Beacon Books, 1980)
Articles for the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Jamaica
- "Abandonment of Children in Jamaica" (1974)
- "Yards in the City of Kingston" (1975)
- "Reggae and Cultural Identity in Jamaica" (1981)
- "Perceptions of Caribbean Women: Toward a Documentation of Stereotypes" (1982)
- Woodside, Pear Tree Grove P.O. (University of the West Indies Press, 2004), ISBN 978-9766401528
- The Second Generation of Freemen in Jamaica, 1907-1944 (University Press of Florida, 2004), ISBN 978-0-8130-2759-3
- The Continent of Black Consciousness: On the History of the African Diaspora from Slavery to the Present (New Beacon Books, 2003), ISBN 978-1-873201-17-6
- Lichtenstein, David P. "A Brief Biography of Erna Brodber". Literature of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Annie Paul, "Black rain", Caribbean Review of Books, February 2008.
- Harris, Jennifer. "Career and Awards". biography.jrank.org. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- "Erna Brodber", The Spaces between Words - Conversations with Writers.
- Lichtenstein, David P. "Works". Literature of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Brodber, Erna. "The Pioneering Miss Bailey". Jamaica Journal. Digital Library of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Brodber, Erna. "Oral Sources and the Creation of a Social History in the Caribbean". Jamaica Journal. Digital Library of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Brodber, Erna. "Review of "Myal"". Jamaica Journal. Digital Library of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- O'Callaghan, Evelyn. "Review of Erna Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home". Jamaica Journal. Digital Library of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Romero, Ivette (July 2010). "Erna Brodber, Winner of the Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Studies". Repeating Islands.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- "Traditional Folklore and the Question of History in Erna Brodber's Louisiana" by Jérémie Kroubo Dagnini for the Journal of Pan African Studies On-Line, December 2011.
- Mel Cooke, "Erna Brodber presents her freedom song", Jamaica Gleaner, 18 May 2007.
- Keshia Abraham, Interview with Erna Brodber, BOMB 86/Winter 2004.
- Nadia Ellis Russell, "Crossing borders - An interview with writer, scholar, and activist Erna Brodber", Woodside, Jamaica, 7 May 2001.
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