Pollard, Velma

About Velma Pollard

Biography (The Poetry Archieve)

Biography (Peepal Tree Press)



Bryan, Violet Harrington. “‘Tomorrow’s Spaces’ in the Poetry of Jamaican Writer Velma Pollard.” Xavier Review, vol. 33, no. 1, 2013

Winkler, Elizabeth Grace. “Dread Talk: The Language of Rastafari.” Language, vol. 78, no. 3, 2002

Cooper, Carolyn. “Unstaggering Considerations.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 4, 1991

Dash, Cheryl M.L. “Considering Woman by Velma Pollard.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 4, no. 2, 1990



Smith, Dorsía. “Considering Velma Pollard: A Conversation.” Sargasso, Jan. 2010

Dance, Caryl C. “A Conversation with Velma Pollard.” A Quarterly Official Publication of The College Language Association, vol. 47, no. 3, Mar. 2004

Bringas López, Ana María. “Sexual Politics in Hazel D. Campbell’s and Velma Pollard’s Short Fiction.” Proceedings of the 20th International AEDEAN Conference, Guardia and Stone (eds.), 1997



Preziuso, Marika. “Do I Belong Here? Images of Female Belonging and Cultural Hybridity in Erna Brodber’s Myal, Velma Pollard’s Homestretch, and Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge.” Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. 4, no. 3, 2007

Bringas López, Ana María. “Perspectives on Caribbean Gender Relations in Narratives by Velma Pollard, Hazel D. Campbell and Micheline Dusseck.” Post/Imperial Encounters, Salces and Suárez (eds.), 2005




Karl: Monologue – in the Mind of – a Man!!! (2008)

Karl and Other Stories (1994)

Homestretch (1994)


Children’s and Young Adults’ Books

Over Our Way: A Collection of Caribbean Short Stories for Youngsters (1980)


Short Story Collections

Considering Woman (1989)


Poetry Collections

And Caret Bay Again: New and Selected Poems (2013)

Leaving Traces (2008)

The Best Philosophers I Know Can’t Read or Write (2001)

Shame Tress Don’t Grow Here (1992)

Crown Point & Other Poems (1988)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Language and Jamaican Literature.” Altre Modernità, vol. 22, 2019

With Barbara Lalla, and Jean D’Costa. Caribbean Literary Discourse: Voice and Cultural Identity in the Anglophone Caribbean, Pollard et al. (eds.), 15 Feb. 2014

“Writing Bridges of Sound: Praise Song for the Widow and Louisiana.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 1, 2009

With Samuel Furé Davis. “Imported Topics, Foreign Vocabularies: Dread Talk, the Cuban Connection.” Small Axe, vol. 19, Feb. 2006

“‘To Us All Flowers Are Roses’: Writing Ourselves into the Literature of the Caribbean.” Sargasso, Jan. 2001

“The Most Important Reason I Write.” Caribbean Women Writers: Fiction in English, Condé and Lonsdale (eds.), ­­1999

Dread Talk: The Language of Rastafari (1994)

From Jamaican Creole to Standard English: A Handbook for Teachers (1993)

“An Introduction to the Poetry and Fiction of Olive Senior.” Callaloo, vol. 11, no. 3, 1988

“Cultural Connections in Paule Marshall’s Praise Song for the Widow.” World Literature Written in English, vol. 25, no. 2, 1985

“The Social History Of Dread Talk.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 4, 1982

“Dread Talk - The Speech Of The Rastafarian In Jamaica.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 4, 1980


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Emancipation/Morning: Velma Pollard Reads Kamau Brathwaite's "Son" from Sun Poem. YouTube, 1 Aug. 2020

Velma Pollard Reads "Telling Our Stories of Home"YouTube, 3 Apr. 2016

Dr.David Hinds Chats with Storyteller Paul Keens-Douglas and Scholar-Writer Dr. Velma Pollard. YouTube, 10 Apr. 2015

Velma Pollard in Conversation. YouTube, 31 Mar. 2014

Freedom by Marion Bloem – into Jamaican by Velma Pollard. YouTube, 7 Jul. 2012