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MDC Professor Geoffrey Philp’s Prose Honored with Literary Medals

MDC Professor Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp

Miami, November 11, 2008 - Geoffrey Philp, Miami Dade College’s College Prep chairperson and author of Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories, wins the "Outstanding Writer" award from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). Philp also won a gold medal for his poem, “Isaac’s Sacrifice,” and a silver medal for his short story, “Bobby Bijani and the Rolling Calf” in the national competition.
“The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission has been an integral part of Jamaica’s literary development and I am honored to receive these awards,” said Philp, who will appear at the Miami Book Fair International Book Fair with the Student Literary Encounter series on November 12-13.

The National Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony & Exhibition Opening 2008, where Philp received the award, was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica, on Nov. 5. The ceremony marked the official opening of an island wide exhibition tour to the 13 parish libraries and features the medal-winning pieces in the categories of poetry, short stories, plays, novels, and essays.

Geoffrey Philp is the author of Benjamin, my son, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien, numerous poetry works, and a children's book, Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories. His next collection of short stories, Who's Your Daddy? And Other Stories will be published by Peepal Tree Press in May 2009.

“It is a stupendous distinction for Mr. Geoffrey Philp to receive such honor and recognition for his works,” said MDC North Campus President José A. Vicente.

The JCDC National Creative Writing Competition encourages writers to sharpen their skills through the annual competition. Writers are invited to improve their craftsmanship and style, writing in Standard English or Jamaican Dialect. The Creative Writing Competition has spawned and celebrated many recognized professional writers in Jamaica including playwright Basil Dawkins whose 2005  gold medal winning entry “Hot Spot” has not only gone successfully to the stage locally, but has also toured internationally.

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