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Pamela Claire Mordecai (born 1942) is a poet, novelist, short story writer, scholar and anthologist. She attended high school in Jamaica and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, MA, where she did a first degree in English. A trained language-arts teacher with a PhD in English, she has taught at secondary and tertiary levels, trained teachers, edited an academic journal, and worked in media, especially television, and in publishing.
Mordecai has written articles on Caribbean literature, education and publishing, and has collaborated on, or herself written, over thirty books, including textbooks, children's books, six books of poetry for adults, a collection of short fiction, a novel, and (with her husband, Martin Mordecai) a reference work on Jamaica. She has edited several anthologies, including the Sunsong series. Her poems and stories for children are widely collected and have been used in textbooks in the UK, Canada, the US, West Africa, the Caribbean and Malaysia. Her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies in the Caribbean, the US and Canada. Her play El Numero Uno had its world premiere at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in February 2010 in Toronto, Canada.
Mordecai has lived in Canada since 1994, but the Caribbean experience, both in the region and in the diaspora, continues to be an important preoccupation in her writing. In 2013 she was awarded a Bronze Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica. In spring, 2014, she was a fellow at Yaddo artists' community in Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Jamaica Woman (ed., with Mervyn Morris) (1980), anthology. ISBN 0-435-98600-7.
- New Caribbean Junior Reader 3 (with Grace Walker Gordon) (1985, new ed. 2004). ISBN 0-602-22675-9.
- New Caribbean Junior Reader 4 (with Grace Walker Gordon) (1986, new ed. 2004). ISBN 0-602-22676-7.
- Journey Poem (1987), poetry. ISBN 976-8001-17-8
- New Caribbean Infant Reader 1 (with Grace Walker Gordon) (1987). ISBN 978-0-602-26961-6.
- From Our Yard: Jamaican Poetry since Independence (ed.) (1987), anthology. ISBN 976-8017-04-X.
- Story Poems: a first collection (1987), poetry for children. ISBN 0-602-22876-X.
- Her True-True Name (ed., with Elizabeth Wilson) (1989), anthology. ISBN 0-435-98906-5.
- Don't Ever Wake a Snake (1991), poems and stories for children. ISBN 976-8070-07-2.
- Sunsong Tide Rising (ed., with Grace Walker Gordon) (1994) anthology. ISBN 0-582-08690-6.
- de Man: a performance poem (1995), poetry. ISBN 0-920813-23-2.
- Ezra's Goldfish and other storypoems (1995), poetry for children. ISBN 978-976-8139-59-7.
- Rohan Goes to Big School (2000), story for children. ISBN 978-0-19-915863-8.
- The Costume Parade (2000), story for children. ISBN 978-0-19-915865-2.
- Certifiable (2001), poetry. ISBN 0-86492-295-7.
- Culture and Customs of Jamaica (with Martin Mordecai) (2001). ISBN 0-313-30534-X.
- The True Blue of Islands (2005), poetry. ISBN 1-894528-01-8.
- Calling Cards: New Poetry from Caribbean/Canadian Women (ed.) (2005). ISBN 1-894528-02-6.
- Pink Icing and other stories (2006), short stories. ISBN 978-1-897178-32-4.
- El Numero Uno, play commissioned by the Young People's Theatre, world premiere in Toronto, Canada, in 2010.
- New Junior English Revised (with Haydn Richards and Grace Walker Gordon) (2012). ISBN 978-1-4082-8259-5.
- Subversive Sonnets (2012), poetry. ISBN 978-1-894770-94-1.
- Red Jacket: a novel (2015), fiction, ISBN 978-1459729407.
- de book of Mary: a performance poem (2015), poetry, ISBN 978-1927494684
- Martin Mordecai and Pamela Mordecai, Culture and Customs of Jamaica, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001.
- "Eight Outstanding Jamaicans Awarded Musgrave Medals". Jamaica Information Service. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- "Contemporary Caribbean Writers in Conversation: Interview with Pamela Mordecai" in Wadabegei, Volume 7, No. 2, Summer/Fall 2004, pp. 73–83.
- Interview with Pamela Mordecai in Why We Write: Conversations with African Canadian Poets and Novelists (Paperback) (ed. H Nigel Thomas), TSAR Publications, 2006.
- Biography at WIER (Writers In Electronic Residence)
- Official website
- "Pamela Mordecai", Caribbean Canadian Literary Expo, 2003
- Stephanie May McKenzie, Shoshannah Ganz, "Salt Fish and Ackee: An Interview with Pamela Mordecai", Postcolonial Text, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2011)
- "Ten Questions with Pamela Mordecai", Open Book Toronto, 29 April 2009
- 49th Shelf blog.
- "The Lucky Seven Interview, with Pamela Mordecai", Open Book Toronto, 4 March 2015