Edward Archibald Markham was born in Montserrat in the West Indies, the youngest of four children. In 1956, he moved to England with his family, who neglected to send Markham to school for two years, having him work instead. He eventually studied philosophy and literature at the University of Wales. Interested in drama, he founded the Caribbean Theatre Workshop and traveled to the Caribbean. Markham worked as a media coordinator in Papua New Guinea and taught at a number of universities in England. A writer of both poetry and prose, he started publishing poetry in the 1970s, sometimes under the names of two invented personas: Paul St. Vincent and Sally Goodman. He died in 2008.
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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."