Yolanda T. Marshall
scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Yolanda T. Marshall was born in Guyana, South America. As a cross-genre writer,
Miss Marshall silently commands you to read and digest life’s cultural motions.
The oldest of three girls, she began writing poems at the age of 8. A daughter of a
talented Guitarist, her lyrics manifest into poetry, like a genetic code. Poems such as
“Serenaded in New York,” “Delia Sings the Blues” and “Single Rose” flow on a
mellow Jazz -like note.
The name of her first book, “Obayifo“, originates from the Ashanti tribe. It is the name
given to an African Witch. The poem visits the works of Obeah, its people and fears.
Miss Marshall’s dynamic ability to address matters of the heart is limitless. One all
time favourite remains, “Train Ride To Babylon”, Miss Marshall questions religion, as
she explores the mind of an experienced older woman – offering her reader a
glimpse into the life of a black woman’s struggles with poverty within a
commercialized society. This poetry book was published 2008, while Yolanda
attended University of Toronto.
Yolanda T. Marshall is currently a business analyst and a new mother of one based
in Canada. She was inspired to write her second book, a children’s book named
“Keman’s First Carnival“after becoming a mom. This 2016 publication is about a
young, Black Canadian child’s first experience of Toronto’s annual Caribbean
Carnival. The excited 8 year old and his Mother enjoyed the rituals at the Caribbean
celebration, such as picking a flag to wave, the Caribbean influenced foods, dancing,
costumes and music. Miss Marshall is currently working on her second children’s
book with Garnalma Press.
The Author’s latest release, ‘Messages on Dried Leaves‘ is a mild resurrection of the
Author’s first poetry book, ‘Obayifo’. This book is a poetic collection of personal
notes, texts, emails and voicemails sent to muses of the past.
Interests: A world traveler, a jazz lover and a devoted Mother, she embodies Art and takes her
readers on adventurous, poetic journeys.
Published writer: Yes