Glenwood Augustus Lawrence, born in Kingston, Jamaica, is a Pastor. He serves through music, literature, and art. He is also an acclaimed artist, recipient of a full foreign scholarship awarded to him at age 17 by the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. Encouraged by his aunt, he combined his studies in art and music with studies in computer science, pursuing the B.Sc. in Computer Science at Brooklyn College, New York.
Moved by the passing of his father during his late teens, and motivated by his concern about parental relationships, Lawrence began writing. He said he was "merely a vehicle" through which the 800-lines narrative poem titled Hurt: Recovery Procedures came into this world.
He merged his talent as an artist with his literary gift, and working with Hurt: Recovery Procedures as the basis, developed and produced two series of books: (1) ―A Dance to the Music of Circumstances,‖ which includes the very popular: A Broom To Fly—A unique Angle on Expectations (containing 134 watercolor illustrations), and (2) Contemporary Trouble Ticket—Trouble with Evil, Trouble with Good (448 pages) — illustrated with over four hundred (400) watercolor paintings. Spin-offs from this, is a series of five books which include the hilarious Written in Stone and Written in Dirt—Reading into the Past with an Eye on the Present. Lawrence is currently working on a new series of books, which include the volume: A Good Look At Evil through THE GOD OF HEAVEN.
A Broom to Fly attained a 5-star rating on Amazon.com and copies of this Behavioral Sciences oriented volume were purchased by the New York City Board of Education for use as a teaching tool in the public school system.
In addition, Lawrence also merged those talents to create the 306-pages coffee table book titled Railways of Jamaica—An Illustrated History of the First British Colonial Railroad (inspired and granted initial sponsorship by Chris Blackwell of Island International). Lawrence was privileged to expand the coffee table book into an extensive project— a creative medley of fascinating dimensions.
Art: He is a recipient of the Edna Manley Award for Excellence in Art, among other awards, including Gold and other medals for painting. With 28 exhibitions and many group show participations, he is represented in many collections, including the collection of the Rt. Honorable Edward Seaga former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and the collection of Mrs. Edna Manley. Among his works is the 4ft x 7ft life-size portrait of the Rt. Honorable Norman Washington Manley—(Private Collection). Venues of his solo-exhibitions of works in the fine arts range from Bolivar Gallery in Kingston Jamaica, to the Augusta Savage Memorial Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. Literature: Lawrence, who has worked as a journalist with the Gleaner Company, Jamaica, was awarded bronze and silver medals in the Jamaica National Literary Competition novel and short story categories respectively. His novel The Passing of An Angry Jamaican is the basis of the three novel series titled The Exodus Papers (which is, in turn, the basis of two screenplays: Last Act of Kindness and The Project. He has also written a script based on the historical novel Railroad! of the Railways of Jamaica series. Other credits include 94 illustrations for The Lazy Person‘s Guide To Fitness by Charles Swencionis, Ph.D., and E. Davis Ryan, PT — Barricade Books, New York. He created 20 illustrations and cover design for the novel Nanny Town by the late Hon. Victor Stafford Reid, O.J. — Jamaica Publishing House, and wrote the screenplay Cinque, based on the 19th century Amistad Saga.
Music: Constant in Lawrence‘s life is his love for music. He began playing keyboard instruments as a lap-child and has pursued the study of music for pleasure and as an intellectual discipline. His musical compositions and recordings include: The Great Debate (ASCAP), Enter His Presence with Praise (ASCAP), Gethsemane, Searching For Dad, Thanks for the Change, and others.
Personal Statement: ―I listen quietly to the love in the heart of everyone I meet. I listen to the love for life, the need to understand and be understood, the desire to appreciate and be appreciated, and I hear, and see, and feel, in all of that... myself. Expressing this love is the rhythm of my existence.‖