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Olive Marjorie Senior (b. 1941 in Trelawny, Jamaica) is a Jamaican poet and short story writer currently living in Canada.

She went to Montego Bay High School For Girls, then at age 19 joined the staff of the Jamaica Gleaner in Kingston. She later won a scholarship to study journalism in Cardiff, Wales, and then at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. While at University she began writing fiction and poetry. On her return to Jamaica, she worked as a journalist before joining the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, where she edited the journal Social and Economic Studies. In 1982 she joined the Institute of Jamaica as editor of the Jamaica Journal. She also oversaw the publication of a number of books on Jamaican history and culture.

After Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica in 1988, Senior moved to Europe, where she lived for short periods in Portugal, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, before settling in Canada in the early 1990s. She returns to Jamaica almost every year.

Senior has published three collections of poems: Talking of Trees (1985), Gardening in the Tropics (1994), and Over the Roofs of the World (2005). Her short story collection Summer Lightning (1986) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize; it was followed by Arrival of the Snake Woman (1989, 2009) and Discerner of Hearts (1995).

Her non-fiction works include The Message Is Change (1972), about Michael Manley's first election victory; A-Z of Jamaican Heritage (1984, expanded and republished as Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage in 2004); and Working Miracles: Women's Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean (1991)

Senior's work often addresses questions of Caribbean identity in terms of gender and ethnicity. She has said: "I've had to deal with race because of who I am and how I look. In that process, I've had to determine who I am. I do not think you can be all things to all people. As part of that process, I decided I was a Jamaican. I represent many different races and I'm not rejecting any of them to please anybody. I'm just who I am and you have to accept me or not."

In 2005, Senior was awarded a Musgrave Gold Medal by the Institute of Jamaica for her contributions to literature.


Interviews published in the Jamaica Gleaner:
  • October 31, 2004
  • November 7, 2004
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Total Books: 25
Boonoonoonous Hair
2017 - Boonoonoonous Hair (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781926890074
ISBN-10: 1926890078
Genre: Children's Books

Dying to Better Themselves West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal
2014 - Dying to Better Themselves West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789766404574
ISBN-10: 9766404577
Genre: History

Anna Carries Water
2013 - Anna Carries Water (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781896580609
ISBN-10: 1896580602

Birthday Suit
2012 - Birthday Suit (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781554513680
ISBN-10: 1554513685
Genre: Children's Books

Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories
2009 - Arrival of the Snake-woman and Other Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781894770538
ISBN-10: 1894770536
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2008 - Shell (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781897178485
ISBN-10: 1897178484
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Gardening in the Tropics
2005 - Gardening in the Tropics (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781897178003
ISBN-10: 189717800X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Los fantabulosos vuelos/ The Marvelous Flights
2005 - Los Fantabulosos Vuelos/ the Marvelous Flights (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788493427108
ISBN-10: 8493427101
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Encyclopedia Of Jamaican Heritage
2003 - Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789768007148
ISBN-10: 9768007141
Genres: History, Reference

Over the Roofs of the World
2000 - Over the Roofs of the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781894663823
ISBN-10: 1894663829
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction

Das Erscheinen der Schlangenfrau
1998 - Das Erscheinen Der Schlangenfrau (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783293201156
ISBN-10: 3293201156

Quartet of Stories
1996 - Quartet of Stories [New Longman Literature] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582287303
ISBN-10: 0582287308
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Gardening in the Tropics New Poems
1995 - Gardening in the Tropics New Poems (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781852242930
ISBN-10: 1852242930

Discerner of Hearts
1995 - Discerner of Hearts (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780771080531
ISBN-10: 0771080530
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Working Miracles Women' Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean Olive Senior
Working Miracles Women of the English-speaking Caribbean
1991 - Working Miracles Women of the English-speaking Caribbean (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780852552094
ISBN-10: 0852552092

Summer Lightning and Other Stories
1987 - Summer Lightning and Other Stories [Longman Caribbean Writers Series] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780582786271
ISBN-10: 0582786274
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A-Z of Jamaican Heritage
A-z of Jamaican Heritage (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780435080075
ISBN-10: 0435080075

Talking of trees
Talking of Trees (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789768040008
ISBN-10: 9768040009