James Berry was born in rural Jamaica in 1924. In 1948, he moved to the United Kingdom. James Berry won the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition in 1981. His many other awards include the Coretta Scott King Book Award (1989), the Cholmondeley Award (1991), and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1993). Berry's collections include:
Fractured Circles - 1979
Lucy's Letters and Loving - 1982
Chain of Days - 1985
Hot Earth, Cold Earth -1995
Windrush Songs - 2007
James Berry also edited the anthologies Bluefoot Traveller (1976) and News for Babylon (1984). His most recent collection is A Story I Am In - Selected Poems (2011).