In addition to his poetry in Against Linearity (Peepal Tree, 1993) and The Almond Leaf (Peepal Tree, 2008), he is the author of a book of short stories, A Boy Named Ossie: A Jamaican Childhood (Heinemann, 1991), Two Roads to Mount Joyful & Other Stories (Longman, 1992) and Ernest Palmer's Dream and Other Stories (LMH, 2014). His work has appeared in the following anthologies: Caribbean New Wave; The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories and Perspectives.
Earl McKenzie was born in rural Mount Charles, St. Andrew Jamaica in 1943. He attended Oberlin High School and Mico Teachers College. Then he lived for some years in the USA and Canada where he obtained a BA and MFA from Columbia University and a Ph D from the University of British Columbia.
He taught English, Visual Art and Education at Church Teachers' College, Mandeville, Jamaica for 25 years, and for 15 years was a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He is now retired. In 2000, he was awarded a Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to Literature. In 2011, he recieved a Mico University College 175th Anniversary Award for distinguished service.