Earl McKenzie (b 1943, Jamaica) is a writer, philosopher and visual artist who makes his home in rural Jamaica. He graduated from Columbia University and later received a PhD in philosophy from the University of British Columbia. A former head of the English department at Church Teachers’ College in Jamaica, he is retired from the University of the West Indies, Mona, where he taught philosophy. He has published three volumes of poetry, four collections of short stories, one novel, three books of philosophy, one memoir and one multi-genre collection of poems, paintings and stories. He has had several exhibitions of his paintings. In 2000, he received a Silver Musgrave Medal for outstanding merit in the field of literature.