Geoffrey Philp

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Geoffrey Philp (born in 1958) is a Jamaican poet,[1] novelist, and playwright. He is the author of the novel Benjamin, My Son, and five poetry collections: Exodus and Other Poems, Hurricane Center, Florida Bound, Xango music, and Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas. He has also written a book of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien; a play, Ogun's Last Stand, and a children's book, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories.

His work has been mainly influenced by Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite,[2] V. S. Naipaul, Bob Marley, and Joseph Campbell and contains some elements of magical realism. Many of his short stories focus on the dilemmas facing fatherless children in the Caribbean, the disruptive effects of the Jamaican diaspora on family and community life, and the spiritual and political dimensions of reggae and the Rastafari movement. Benjamin, My Son, in particular, examines Caribbean life within the context of established Christian religions and African Yoruba-based traditions, while using the framework of Dante's Inferno.

Philp’s awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Arts Council, an artist-in-residence at the Seaside Institute, Sauza "Stay Pure" Award, Canute Brodhurst Prize and James Michener fellowships at the University of Miami, where he earned his Master of Arts in Creative Writing. His reviews, articles, poems and short stories have also appeared in Small Axe, Asili, The Caribbean Writer, Gulf Stream, Florida in Poetry: A History of the Imagination, Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. He lives in Miami, Florida.



  • (2003) Benjamin, My Son

Short Story Collection

  • (1997) Uncle Obadiah and the Alien
  • (2009) Who's Your Daddy? and Other Stories

Poetry Collections

  • (1990) Exodus and Other Poems
  • (1995) Florida Bound
  • (1998) Hurricane Center
  • (2001) Xango Music
  • (2005) Twelve Poems and A Story for Christmas
  • (2010) Dub Wise


  • (2005) Ogun’s Last Stand

Children's Books

  • (2011) Marcus and the Amazons
  • (2007) Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories


  1. ^ "Marcus Garvey Words Come To Pass". Washington Informer. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Eric Doumerc, "Geoffrey Philp, Dub Wise" (review), Miranda, 7, 2012.

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