Malachi Smith

Poet, Educator & Mitchner Caribbean Writers Institute Fellow

    Malachi is a fellow of the University of Miami’s Mitchner Caribbean Writers Institute where he studied poetry under Lorna Goodison and playwriting under Fred D’Aguiar. An alumnus of Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, Edna Manley College, and Miami-Dade County Public Safety Institute. Malachi was a founding member of Poets in Unity.

    Malachi won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Best Adult Poet 2014 and 2017, 4th place Choice Writer 2017, and 2009 Most Outstanding Writer in the poetry category for 2009. He has appeared in Canada, Colombia, Nicaragua, Taiwan, St. Kitts and Nevis, Poetry Africa 2016 in Durban, South Africa, and the Polokwane Literary Fair in Limpopo, South Africa in 2017, Honduras and Mexico in 2018, and several US cities. Malachi won the 2016 Akamedia Award for his poem “How Yuh Mek Her Massa God.” Malachi envisioned and coordinated the highly successful 2018 Jamaican Poets Nomadic School and College Festival tour in Jamaica, and the Louise Bennett-Coverley Council’s writers clinic in Florida. He also coordinates the annual Louise Bennett Reading Festival in South Florida.

    He is the recipient of the Jamaican Trailblazer Award from the City of Lauderhill, Florida, The Vanguard Award on the occasion of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence, The Certificate of Achievement for Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of independence for Diaspora contributions and achievements, and other awards.

    Malachi’s poem, My Jamaican Tongue, was recently published in the anthology, 100 plus voices for Miss Lou, Poetry, Tributes, Interviews and essays, edited by Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa.

    Latest offering of poems, “The Gathering” was published February 6, 2017, by AP Publishers, UK.

    He has Eight CD collections to his credit:
    The Blacker the Berry…De Sweeter de Cherry
    Throw Two Punch
    Middle Passage
    Hail to Jamaica
    Luv Dub Fever

    All Sessions by Malachi Smith